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Former 1st-round pick Watkins signs with Dolphins

Tuesday - 9/3/2013, 7:54pm  ET

FILE - In this May 31, 2013, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles guard Danny Watkins runs a drill during NFL football camp in Philadelphia. Watkins has signed a $555,000, one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, after being cut by the Eagles last weekend. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Former first-round draft pick Danny Watkins says he's grateful for a fresh start with the Miami Dolphins after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watkins signed a $555,000, one-year contract with Miami and joined the team Tuesday.

"It's the most exciting time in my life again," he said after practice. "I've had a grin on my face since this morning. It's been great."

Watkins, a guard, spent two seasons with the Eagles and started 18 games before losing his job early last year. He was a surprise choice with the 23rd overall selection at age 26 when the Eagles made him the oldest first-round pick at that time since 1980.

Watkins will provide depth behind starting guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry. Miami waived second-year center Josh Samuda.

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