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PRESS RELEASE: Dolphins Tender Four Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Posted Mar 8, 2017

Team announces they have tendered exclusive rights free agents Duarte, Hull, Pitts and Steen.

The Miami Dolphins today announced they have tendered the following exclusive rights free agents: tight end Thomas Duarte, linebacker Mike Hull, cornerback Lafayette Pitts and center/guard Anthony Steen.

Duarte was a seventh-round selection (231st overall) by the Dolphins in the 2016 NFL draft and played in one game during his rookie season. The UCLA product spent the first eight weeks of the regular season on the team’s practice squad before he was signed to the active roster on Nov. 5, 2016. He was inactive for eight contests.

Hull played in all 16 games with one start in 2016 and made 15 tackles (seven solo) and one interception. He intercepted Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer in the first quarter of his first NFL start on Dec. 11, 2016. Hull also played in three contests for the Dolphins in 2015. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the team on May 8, 2015.

Pitts appeared on special teams in eight games for the Dolphins in 2016 and made three special teams stops during his rookie season. Pitts spent the first nine weeks of the regular season on the practice squad before he was signed to the active roster and participated in each of the team’s final eight regular season contests. The Dolphins signed him as an undrafted college free agent on May 6, 2016 after he finished his collegiate career at Pittsburgh.

Steen played in 15 games with seven starts at center for the Dolphins in 2016. He was inactive one game due to injury. During the season, Steen was only penalized twice and did not allow a sack. He started the first three games of the season at center, the first regular season action of his NFL career. Steen originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with Arizona on May 12, 2014 and was signed by the Dolphins to the team’s practice squad on Nov. 24, 2015.