McDonald signs free agent deal with Dolphins


(Hat-tip to Andrew McCarthy of the IDS, who had this first).

Andrew McDonald went to the Miami Dolphins’ rookie mini-camp with no guarantees whatsoever. There were 12 unsigned rookies there, he said, and there were perhaps one or two agent contracts left to be had. When he left camp, he and the rest of the 12 were told that the general manager and the rest of personnel staff would review the film and get back to them.

But the former Indiana left tackle learned days later that he was the chosen one. He officially received and signed his free agent contract on Friday, and is guaranteed to at least stay with the team into training camp.

“It obviously means a lot,” McDonald said. “It’s kind of surreal to make it through that level of competition and be able to play at this level of football. I owe it all to God for the opportunity to make it this far. I’m going to keep giving it my best and hope it gets even better.”

McDonald said the rookies had four practices to make an impression. They were also working with all of the Dolphins drafted players and the undrafted free agents who signed in the days following the draft.

“I felt like I had a really strong showing when I was out there,” McDonald said. “Apparently it was enough.”

McDonald was also scheduled to attend the rookie mini-camp of the Green Bay Packers, but considering the odds he had to beat to get a contract from the Dolphins he had no intentions of taking another chance.

“Nothing’s really guaranteed and I had a lot of fun when I was down there,” he said. “I got along well with the GM and the coaches. It feels fine. It feels like the right fit.”

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  • Laffy #1


    Friday, May 11, 2012 - 7:57 PM EST

  • lord of the ricochets #2


    Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 8:40 AM EST

    If anyone is wondering why the Nuggets are suddenly so good.

  • Laffy #3


    Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 11:33 AM EST

    I know you guys hate talking religion and politics on here, but I just can’t let this pass after some of the discussions we’ve had.

    If you don’t want to read it……..don’t. No one has a gun to your head.

    Righties have been SCREAMING that “Obama is the most DIVISIVE Prez in HISTORY!!!”

    First of all, that’s hogwash.

    Georgie and his sheep called people “America-haters” if they didn’t support his BS wars and torture.

    So now, you have Santorum saying Mitt needs to use the gay marriage thing as a WEAPON:

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/12/santorum-to-romney-step-up-and-use-potent-weapon-of-same-sex-marriage/?hpt=hp_t1

    Wow.

    Yeah, divide the country even more.

    And I have to laugh at his crying about “values of America.”

    How silly of me to think the “values of America” are “freedom and equality for all” instead of “hateful bigotry.”

    Of course, this is coming from the same moron who claims to LOVE THE CONSTITUTION then turns around and says he wants to ban porn.

    (rolleyes)

    Lastly, a prominent Righty pollster said if Righties don’t change their views on gay marriage, they will soon become irrelevant. And he said they should support gay marriage because they ARE conservative…..which is something I said the other day.

    Hard to be humble when I’m right all the time…..

    If Righties stick to their bigotry towards gays and Mexicans, they’ll never get national office again in 20 years.

    One last thing on politics: How many of you would call it a “prank” if someone held down one of your kids and cut his/her hair off while they were screaming for help?

    I’d call that assault.

    The fact he “doesn’t remember it” makes it even more disgusting.

  • HoosierExile #4


    Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 4:13 PM EST

    Whether or not you can say this is not important, because this isn’t the place to do so. This is in no way a response to Andrew McDonald’s signing with the Dolphins. I’m frustrated that these are the responses. Have some maturity and respect for a guy one step closer to his dream.

  • who? #5


    Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 4:28 PM EST

    Dustin, I reply to Laffy’s blathering diatribe and get told I am spammy and rejected? WTH? Do I smell a conspiracy…(sarcasm for those with no sense of humor)

  • Chet #6


    Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 5:06 PM EST

    I heard a rumor that Mitt once dressed up and passed himself off as a ‘normal’.

    Hilarity ensued. Of course there was a bit of collateral damage. Things happen.

  • Laffy #7


    Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 5:08 PM EST

    No made you read it, crybaby.

    Diatribe? LOL!!

    No, that would be Thumpers SCREAMING that “GAYS ARE GOING TO BE THE END OF AMMMMMMMERRRRRRICCCCCCAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!”

    Oh…..and Praise Jesus. We all know he thought he hated gays more than anything because he talked about them 24/7.

  • Chet #8


    Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 8:22 PM EST

    Laffy, many, perhaps, most of us agree with you.

    Food for thought.

  • Laffy #9


    Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 10:15 PM EST

    That’s cool.

    That’s for the backward hillbilly bigots that don’t.

    In 20 years, the vast majority of the country will look back and say, “Man, I can’t believe they were even debating that stuff and should be ashamed like when they use to think blacks marrying whites was bad and then were ashamed they believed that decades later.”

    No surprise it’s the EXACT same people who thought both would “destroy our country.”

    Praise Jesus!!!

    And speaking of Jesus, I read a great quote earlier today about Colbert’s show where he said something along the lines of, “Jesus was so disgusted with gays, he was speechless on the issue……literally.”

    I will never get how/why Thumpers hate gays SO FREAKING MUCH when that is EXACTLY OPPOSITE of what their “Savior” taught while calling the poor “moochers and animals” when that is what Jesus talked the MOST about helping.

    All while looking down their noses at everyone ELSE for having “zero morals.”

    Just don’t f-ing get that at all……

    Can ya tell I DESPISE hypocrite bigot bullies…..??

  • Rick Stoll #10


    Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:28 PM EST

    stranger things have happened.

  • Dolphono #11


    Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:34 PM EST

    Amazing, no comments are about the Free Agent, only about REAL SUBJECT MATTER. BRAVO!!!!

    – RON PAUL 2012 (NDAA, NLE 09)

  • Laffy #12


    Monday, May 14, 2012 - 5:39 PM EST

    The Left does not proclaim to be the PARTY OF JESUS and try to ram their fairy tale down our throats all the time.

    It’s the Righty wackos who want to ban porn and say a clump of cells is a “human” and even throw people in jail for using sex toys.

  • davis #13


    Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 11:13 PM EST

    Laffy, please respect the users of this forum and post politics elsewhere. We don’t have to read it, but we do have to scroll through it. Why waste your time and the time of people who want to discuss IU football. There are plenty of other fora for politics, can’t you let us have our little refuge from all that political yak-yak-yak.

  • Laffy #14


    Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 9:46 AM EST

    For the 5th time, the Scoop put up an article about a coach being an intolerant bigot.

    So that made the discussion fair game.

  • Laffy #15


    Monday, May 21, 2012 - 2:39 PM EST

    And to think they say “We love the sinner, we just hate the sin” when they say crap like this:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/19/anthony-bourdain-eat-human_n_1530268.html

    Jesus must be soooooooooooo proud……..

  • Laffy #16


    Monday, May 21, 2012 - 2:39 PM EST

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