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A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Dolphins
will hire former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains as their
offensive coordinator.

The person confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of
anonymity Wednesday because the Dolphins had not announced it. The person said
current offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen will likely remain with the team
in another role.

Coach Adam Gase will continue to call plays. He and Loggains were on the
Bears’ staff together in 2015. Loggains was their offensive coordinator the past
two years.

The Dolphins went 6-10 this season and finished 28th in scoring. The Bears
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, and they fired coach John Fox on Monday.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead figured he had a good command of his value
after nine NFL seasons, and he had no interest in playing or living anywhere but
New Orleans.

Morstead said Friday that he has signed a new five-year, $20 million contract
with the Saints.

He told The Associated Press that his new contract begins in the current
league year, replacing the final year of his previous contract that was due to
expire after next season. The deal guarantees $9 million over the first two
seasons and includes the possibility for additional bonuses, Morstead said.

The 32-year-old Morstead served as his own agent on what is his third NFL
contract since being drafted in 2009 and helping New Orleans capture its only
Super Bowl championship as a rookie.

The Saints ”approached me about doing (a new contract) and we love living in
New Orleans,” said Morstead, who is raising a family in the city. ”They extended
me early after my third year and they extended me again after my ninth. And I
didn’t have any feeling in my body that the grass is greener elsewhere. We love
New Orleans. We love our neighbors. I love playing for (Saints coach) Sean
(Payton). There’s a tremendous amount of stability and we were thrilled at the
chance to stick around.”

Morstead has averaged 47 yards per punt during his career. That ranks third
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, less than a yard behind the averages of the two
players ahead of him, Shane Lechler and Johnny Hekker.

Last season, Patriots coach Bill Belichick raved about Morstead before facing
the Saints in Week 2, saying the only way to prepare for the Saints punter is to
”take the JUGS machine, crank it up on high and shoot the ball about 65 to 70
yards downfield, a yard from the sideline like he does most of the time. … There
are not many guys who can punt the ball like him.”

Morstead said he made the goal of striving for elite consistency ever since
retired quarterback Peyton Manning spoke to the Saints during training camp and
urged players to think about how they want to be remembered.

”I started kind of outlining qualitative goals about what people would say
about me,” Morstead said. ”There’s a lot of value in having a specialist that
there’s not a lot of ups and downs with.”

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, hitting high punts,” Morstead added. ”It’s good
distance with good hang time in a corner that pins guy with quick get-off. I’m
really proud of the standards that we’ve set.”

Morstead also has enjoyed a surge in popularity in Minnesota – if not
nationally – since he volunteered to return to the field from the locker room,
despite having injured his ribs, so Minnesota could formally complete its
dramatic, last-second playoff victory over the Saints by running a required
point-after attempt. Morstead was the first Saints player out of the locker
room. The Vikings took a knee, not needing to score on the play.

Afterward, Morstead noticed a surge of donations from Minnesota to his What
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, which benefits children undergoing hospital
treatment for serious illnesses. Morstead returned to Minneapolis during the
Super Bowl to present a check for a little more than $221,000 to Children’s
Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He also donated $120,000 to similar efforts
in Louisiana.

Morstead’s deal is one of a handful of moves by New Orleans since the
beginning of free agency on Wednesday. Those include the signings of cornerback
Patrick Robinson to what his agent, Ron Butler, said was a four-year, $20
million deal; linebacker Demario Davis to a reported three-year, $24 million
contract; and defensive end Alex Okafor to a two-year extension for a reported
$10 million.

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day before free agency started.

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