Former 1st-round pick Watkins signs with Dolphins - NBC Sports

Former 1st-round pick Watkins signs with Dolphins
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles guard Danny Watkins blocks during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Watkins can put out fires full-time now. The former first-round pick, who was a firefighter before the Eagles drafted him 23rd overall in 2011, was released on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay, File)
September 3, 2013, 7:45 pm

DAVIE, Fla. -- Former first-round draft pick Danny Watkins says he's grateful for a fresh start with the Miami Dolphins after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watkins signed a $555,000, one-year contract with Miami and joined the team Tuesday.

"It's the most exciting time in my life again," he said after practice. "I've had a grin on my face since this morning. It's been great."

Watkins, a guard, spent two seasons with the Eagles and started 18 games before losing his job early last year. He was a surprise choice with the 23rd overall selection at age 26 when the Eagles made him the oldest first-round pick at that time since 1980.

Watkins will provide depth behind starting guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry. Miami waived second-year center Josh Samuda.

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