TURK ADMITS MISTAKE

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Now that he's back with the Dolphins, Matt Turk said he never should have left in the first place.

Turk was the Dolphins' punter in 2000 and 2001, but the Dolphins went out and signed Mark Royals as a free agent in the offseason of 2002 because they couldn't come to an agreement with Turk.

Turk wound up signing with the Jets, had a difficult season and the Dolphins got average punting from Royals.

But Turk said it never should have happened that way.

"What happened was really sketchy," Turk said. "I wanted to re-sign here, but I think I was getting some offers from some other teams and that piqued my interest. I was letting my agent handle all the communication between all the teams. Somewhere along the way, there was some miscommunication between the Dolphins and I. I don't know if they thought or heard that I wanted to go to New York or they didn't want to deal with the negotiation process anymore, but it worked out that they signed Royals.

"I had time to decide, but in talking with my agent he suggested I wait. I wasn't smart enough to jump on it and say, hey, I had a good thing going in Miami, get back there, this is the time. I think my hesitation along with the lack of communication between my agent and me kept me from coming back here."

Turk signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins after working out in Phoenix.

He said he worked out for the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

He called the experience of watching games on Sundays humbling.

"The Lord taught me humility and patience," Turk said. "It's something I hadn't experienced in nine years. I felt weird on Sunday sitting home watching games.

"If someone would have asked me which team I could go to after I was released by the Jets, I would have said the Dolphins number one, for sure. It's a real blessing to be able to come back; I'm familiar with the guys and the system and the coaches."

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