ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that free agent tight end Jeremey Shockeytook and passed a physical exam with the Miami Dolphins today.
Schefter did not know whether the Dolphins are negotiating a contract with Shockey, but based on the fact that they had him take a physical, it certainly appears as if the Dolphins are interested in the University of Miami product.
Shockey was released by the New Orleans Saints earlier this week. He had spent the last three seasons with New Orleans after spending his first six seasons with the New York Giants, who selected him in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
Shockey makes his home in South Beach, so it goes without saying he probably wouldn't mind playing in his adopted home town.
A hard-nosed and colorful tight end, Shockey has a reputation as a bit of a diva, due to his decision not to participate in a number of team events after the Giants won the Super Bowl after the 2007 season.
His skill is unquestionable however. He is seventh all-time among NFL tight ends with 510 career receptions and has 33 touchdowns. Shockey is a 4-time Pro Bowler and was an All-Pro selection in his rookie season.
But Shockey faces durability issues. He has never gone an entire season without missing a game, and has missed 10 games over the past three seasons due to injury.
But considering the Dolphins lackluster play at tight end over the past few years, they can use every bit of help they can get, and if it means acquiring a favorite of Hurricanes fans in the process, so much the better.
David Hill is a Miami native who used to be able to name every quarterback who has started for the Dolphins since Dan Marino retired. He has since lost count.