Linebacker Hugh Green and tight end Greg Baty were the only unsigned Miami veterans to show up Saturday on the opening day of Dolphins mini-camp. "I'm not a magician," said Don Shula, who is entering his 22nd season as coach. "One reason for our success last year is everybody was in and signed."
Green is a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player.
The Dolphins, concerned about their lack of depth at receiver, signed five free agents, including receivers Andre Johnson of the WLAF, Ken Burton of Northeast Louisiana, Bruce Lang of Fairmont State and Brian Williams of Houston.
Punter Paul McJulien, who had been released by the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers, also was picked up.
Receiver Mark Duper was among 14 veterans who were out for the start of the eight-day camp.
Wide receiver Scott Miller of UCLA, Miami's ninth-round draft pick, was missing under a new NCAA rule requiring seniors to stay in school through graduation day.
Niners release DuBose
SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ Running back Doug DuBose, whose career was interrupted by drug problems, was released Friday by the San Francisco 49ers.
The club also waived first year defensive end Mitchell Young, formerly of Arkansas State.
In another move, San Francisco signed Tony Bowens, a rookie nose tackle out of Youngstown State.
DuBose, out of football the past two years while recovering from drug problems, was signed by the 49ers on April 25 after attending a mini-camp on a tryout basis.
DuBose originally came to San Francisco in 1987 as an undrafted free agent from Nebraska. In 1988, he carried 24 times for 116 yards and scored two touchdowns as a backup to Roger Craig. But at the same time, he admits he was fighting drug addiction that had been with him since college.
He wound up serving a 30-day suspension from the NFL during the 1988 season and was eventually waived by the 49ers before the 1989 season.
DuBose spent most of the past two years with his family in Connecticut. He also received guidance from a drug counselor and made regular speaking appearances at schools.