NEWS AND NOTES

Given Robert Edwards' remarkable comeback with the Dolphins last season, it really should have come as no surprise that he was honored by the Pro Football Writers of America as the winner of the 2002 George Halas Award.

The award is given every year to the player or coach who "exhibits extraordinary perseverance in the face of adversity."

The other finalists for the award were Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox and Bucs wide receiver Joe Jurevicius.

"I'm very happy for Robert, he certainly deserves this honor," said Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt. "The entire Miami Dolphins organization knows how hard Robert worked to come back from the serious injury. His work ethic and dedication serve as an inspiration to our team."

In other Dolphins-related news:

-- Among the Dolphins players who had strong performances in the first week of the NFL Europe season were wide receiver Robert Baker, running back Sedrick Irvin and punter Kevin Stemke.

Baker had four catches for 76 yards for Frankfurt; Irvin rushed six times for 53 yards and caught seven passes for 70 yards for Berlin; while Stemke averaged 43.5 yards on two punts for the Scottish Claymores.

-- Linebacker Scott Galyon, who was an unrestricted free agent, informed the Dolphins he was retiring after seven seasons in the NFL.

Injuries prompted Galyon to call it a career.

-- Veteran safety Sammy Knight, a former starter with the New Orleans Saints, is set to visit the Dolphins. The Dolphins want to upgrade the safety position, regardless of whether Arturo Freeman winds up leaving as a restricted free agent.

Freeman reportedly has drawn the interest of both New Orleans and Washington, although he hasn't made any visits yet.

The deadline for tendered restricted free agents to sign offer sheets with other teams is April 18.

-- Offensive tackle Michael Thompson reportedly passed a physical with the Seattle Seahawks, days after his failed physical with the Dolphins killed a deal that would have sent him from Atlanta to Miami.

The Dolphins were prepared to send the Falcons a conditional 2004 seventh-round pick that would have become a fifth-rounder had Thompson played in 50 percent of the Dolphins' offensive snaps next season.

Thompson is a young player with potential, although he has yet to become a starter in the NFL.

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