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    ‘We’ve Got To Clean the Plates This Time’ — Meet the Miami Dolphins Ring Chasers

    There are veteran stars in every corner of the Miami Dolphins' 2024 locker room, and they all are in South Florida to win a ring.

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    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — There’s a very good chance the Miami Dolphins will have the NFL’s oldest roster when the regular season finally arrives.

    That’s not an accident. They have loaded up on veterans the last three years, with former Pro Bowlers Odell Beckham Jr., Calais Campbell, Jordan Poyer, and Shaq Barrett joining the team this offseason.

    They’re not here (solely) for the weather and nightlife. This is no soft launch to their retirement either.

    The Dolphins assembled a roster of stars because those stars believe Miami presents their last best chance to win a title.

    The Ring’s the Thing for Miami Dolphins Veterans

    They’re the Miami Dolphins ring chasers. And listen to them long enough, and you start to believe they actually might get the job done in 2024.

    “[That’s] a big reason why I signed here — because I feel like there’s a really good opportunity here,” said Campbell, the defensive lineman who picked the Dolphins over other options a few weeks back.

    “Very talented team all over the field, both offense and defense. When you go through the roster of who you have and see so many people that I feel like we can play together and build that team chemistry you need – we’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”

    Added Poyer, who joined the Dolphins after a long and decorated run with the Bills: “I’m here to just help this team grow and do what I can to get over that hump of whatever that is. The past is the past. We’re here right now with a great football team.”

    If the Dolphins are going to end their five-decade championship drought this season, it’ll be due in no small part to low-cost players like Campbell and Poyer, who agreed to bargain-basement contracts because they believed in what head coach Mike McDaniel has built.

    Campbell and Poyer are among seven 30-somethings who either joined or re-upped with the Dolphins this offseason with the goal of winning their first title.

    The others? Tackles Terron Armstead and Kendall Lamm, running back Raheem Mostert, and defensive backs Siran Neal and Marcus Maye.

    “We left a lot on the table last year, and it’s time to finish,” said Armstead, who agreed to a pay cut to keep his spot on the Dolphins’ roster. “… There’s a lot we can do as a team that we left on the table. It’s time – we’ve got to clean the plates this time.”

    They won’t have to figure out how to operate that dishwasher on their own. The Dolphins added championship pedigree to their locker room this offseason, signing Super Bowl champions Beckham and Barrett to value deals.

    Asked what made the Dolphins an appealing free agency destination, Barrett replied: “The team that they have here, the potential to get the job done, to go on a run and be hoisting the trophy at the end of the year.”

    Added Beckham: “I want to win a Super Bowl. I still dare to be great. There is a reason that I’m still doing this, still playing. The expectations are still there.”

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