Defensive end Michael Bennett (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), linebacker Thomas Howard (Cincinnati Bengals), tight end Dustin Keller (New York Jets) and guard Lance Louis (Chicago Bears) met with the team at the Doctor’s Hospital Training Facility in Davie. These official visits, hosted by the General Manager Jeff Ireland and the front office, are routine during the free agency period and it gives both sides a chance to learn more about each other.
This will be Bennett’s fifth season in the league after playing for Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman at Texas A&M for one season and he has compiled 15 career sacks, 85 tackles (71 solo), four forced fumbles, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.
Last season was Bennett’s best, as he started all 16 games at defensive end and sacked the opposing quarterback nine times and registered 34 tackles (27 solo). He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 2009 but was claimed by the Bucs off of waivers in October of that season.
Howard played during the 2011-12 seasons with the Bengals after he was originally drafted by the Raiders in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In seven NFL seasons, Howard has posted 393 tackles (201 solo), seven interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and six sacks. He played college football for the University of Texas at El Paso.
Keller is of course very familiar to the Dolphins, having been a member of the AFC East rival Jets for the last five seasons (2008-12). He was New York’s first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft and has caught 241 passes for 2,876 yards and 17 touchdowns over his career. Keller has started 49 of the 72 games he has played in, appearing in just eight games last season due to multiple injuries. He has faced Miami a total of eight times has racked up 35 receptions for 395 yards and four touchdowns.
Louis was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Bears out of San Diego State. In four NFL seasons in Chicago, Louis played in 41 games with 28 starts.