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Dolphins sign free-agent safety Tillman

MIAMI (March 4, 2005) -- The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent safety Travares Tillman, a move to help rebuild their depleted secondary.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Tillman had five tackles in only six games with the Carolina Panthers last season before missing the rest of the games with a broken arm. He has appeared in only 13 games over the past two years for Carolina.

The Dolphins released starting free safety Arturo Freeman and backup Shawn Wooden last week. Also, Miami is not expected to re-sign starting strong safety Sammy Knight, who is an unrestricted free agent.

A five-year veteran, Tillman has 69 tackles and one interception in 41 games, including 11 starts. Tillman was a second-round draft pick in 2000 by Buffalo. He spent three seasons with the Bills before joining Carolina.

The Associated Press News Service

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