Miami Dolphins sign Dan Marino, five other former players to new contracts

Former Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Griese and Dan Marino with head coach Don Shula who was  honored at halftime with a Hall of Fame ring at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on November 22, 2015.  (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Former Miami Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Griese and Dan Marino (pictured with legendary Don Shula) officially retired as Dolphins. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The Miami Dolphins signed Dan Marino, Bob Griese, Nat Moore, Larry Little, Kim Bokamper and Sam Madison to contracts on Wednesday, so that they can officially retire as a member of the organization.

Marino joked he’s upset he’s been a free agent for 16 years and no other organization has called.

“I’m enthusiastic about being a part of this team and trying to help create something special,” Marino said. “I love being a Miami Dolphin, even if it’s for one more day. I’m proud to be a part of the franchise.”

The Dolphins said they added the players to the active roster for 24 hours to emphasize the bond between the organization and the team’s alumni. Each of the six players was named as one of the Top 50 players in franchise history.

The six players also combined for 25 Pro Bowl selections, three Hall of Fame inductions and two Most Valuable Player Awards.

“We are appreciative of all of the contributions you guys have made to the organization,” Miami Executive Vice President Mike Tannenbaum said. “We’re proud that you are all Dolphins.”

It was a lighthearted celebration in which players recalled old times and ribbed each other. Tannenbaum even joked that he’s not sure who right now has the worse knees – Marino or current quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

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