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Dolphins acquire linebacker Seau
Davie, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Dolphins acquired veteran linebacker
Junior Seau from the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday in exchange for a
conditional 2004 draft choice.
The trade had been in the works for several weeks, but was finalized after
Seau passed a physical on Wednesday. He also restructured his contract to help
complete the transaction.
"The truth is Junior Seau needed the Miami Dolphins more than the Miami
Dolphins needed Junior Seau," Seau said during a press conference. "This
organization is doing everything possible to commit itself to winning a ring."
The 34-year-old Seau had spent his entire 13-year career with San Diego after
the Chargers made him the fifth overall pick of the 1990 draft. He has
appeared in 200 regular-season games, starting 199 of them.
Seau has also started all six playoff games in which he has participated. In
1994, he led the Chargers to the AFC championship, before San Diego was
defeated by San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIX
The 12-time Pro Bowl selection missed three games last season because of
a left ankle injury and underwent surgery in January to have bone spurs
Seau has 47 sacks and 15 interceptions in his likely Hall of Fame career.
He joins a star-studded Miami club which placed six defensive players in
February's Pro Bowl. However, the Dolphins still failed to qualify for the
playoffs for the first time in six years.
"Even last year, when things didnít work out for us, we had so much talent,"
Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas explained. "If we started off this season
with the same team we had last year, I felt like we had a team that could win
the Super Bowl and now we have upgraded and made us a better team. Now we just
have to put it together and not talk a big game, but just go out and do it."
Seau is expected to take the spot currently occupied by Derrick Rodgers.
04/16 14:37:17 ET
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