Dolphins extend long-snapper through 2016

MIAMI -- One day after cutting veteran kicker Dan Carpenter, the Miami Dolphins announced a contract extension for its long-snapper, John Denney. The Dolphins signed Denney through the 2016 season. Denney has been one of the most consistent players at his position in the NFL.

Denney's role will be even more important this season as he works with rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis for the first time. Sturgis, a fifth-round pick, beat out Carpenter in training camp. Carpenter also was due to make $2.68 million this season if he made the team. That was too rich for the Dolphins’ liking since Carpenter had issues kicking in big spots last year.

Denney adds to the list of Miami players who received sizable contracts during a very aggressive offseason. The Dolphins spent about $200 million in total contracts and recently extended starting safety Reshad Jones during training camp.