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Dolphins upgrade nickel by signing Marshall

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By Kevin Fishbain

One of the Dolphins' targets this offseason was at the nickel corner position. With the Patriots and Bills on the slate two times a year — teams that often have three-WR sets — it was an important position to address. Miami appeared to do just that by signing Richard Marshall, a versatile veteran who had 11 passes defensed for the Cardinals last season.

At the Combine, GM Jeff Ireland maintained that not much is changing in terms of the players the Dolphins would seek out, even with a new coaching staff. "I like big, strong, fast guys," he said. Marshall fits that at 5-11, 198 pounds, and he can also play some safety — another weakness for Miami. However, it appears Marshall will be employed at the nickel spot.

In addition to getting a skilled player, the Dolphins seem to have stolen a respected contributor from Arizona. Cardinals GM Rod Graves told PFW's Dan Arkush at the Combine that Marshall is "not easily replaceable ... his character and work habits are very much appreciated."

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