College assistant added to Tennessee staff

Updated: May 18, 2005, 1:48 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Tennessee Titans: The Titans have hired longtime college aide Marty Galbraith, who most recently served as the offensive coordinator at Duke University, as an assistant special teams coach. Galbraith will work closely with special teams coach Alan Lowry and will handle other responsibilities.

Galbraith, who has worked in the past with several members of head coach Jeff Fisher's current staff, began his duties this week as the Titans started a stretch of voluntary on-field workouts.

In stints with nine different college programs, Galbraith worked on both sides of the ball. His previous NFL experience came with Kansas City in 1985 and Arizona in 2003. The Titans are coming off a '04 season in which their special teams coverage units performed admirably but in which they ranked 30th in kickoff return average and were last in the NFL in punt return average.

-- ESPN.com senior NFL writer Len Pasquarelli

Miami Dolphins: Receiver David Boston is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Dolphins, The Palm Beach Post reported.

After being acquired from the Chargers before the start of last season, Boston tore the patellar tendon in his left knee and missed all of 2004. Boston was later released by new coach Nick Saban in March.

Boston was suspended by the NFL this past year for four games for testing positive for steroids but didn't miss any time because of the injury. The suspension will not carry into the 2005 season.

-- ESPN.com news services

Denver Broncos: New acquisition, defensive lineman Courtney Brown, isn't participating in on-field drills during this quarterbacks camp. He's still rehabilitating a torn foot ligament that kept him out of the last 14 games of last season and says he'll be reevaluated again in a couple of weeks.

"I think I will be ready for training camp," Brown said. "I don't want to do too much right now."

Brown, the first pick of the 2000 draft, has struggled throughout his injury plagued career. He says he's looking forward to playing alongside Trevor Pryce, along with his old Cleveland teammates, Gerard Warren, Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers.

"I think the sky is the limit on our defensive line," Brown said. "We could be a pretty good group."

-- Associated Press

Jacksonville Jaguars: Disgruntled safety Donovin Darius practiced, rejoining the team after skipping a mandatory mini-camp last month and getting fined by coach Jack Del Rio.

Darius has been unhappy since the Jaguars designated him their franchise player for a third consecutive year in February. He publicly criticized the team, then got permission from owner Wayne Weaver to seek a trade.

He promptly called newspapers in Minnesota and Miami to campaign for a trade to those teams. But the Jaguars didn't get any offers they were interested in, leaving Darius with little choice but to play another season in Jacksonville.

The league's franchise rule allows teams to keep one player off the free-agent market in exchange for a one-year tender worth the average of the top five players at his position. If a player doesn't sign, the only way he can leave is if another team is willing to part with two first-round draft picks.

Despite his displeasure with the franchise tag, Darius signed the tender that guaranteed him $4.97 million this fall.

A first-round pick by the Jaguars in 1998, Darius has started 103 games and averaged 80 tackles a season.

He had a career-high 87 tackles and five interceptions last year. He also was fined $75,000 by the league for a vicious hit to the head of Packers wide receiver Robert Ferguson.

-- Associated Press

New York Giants: The Giants reached an injury settlement with Jim Miller and released the veteran quarterback.

The 34-year-old Miller recently had hip surgery and would have missed at least the next three months. He was signed in March to back up Eli Manning, who was the starter for the final seven games last season. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The Giants were awarded former Washington Redskins quarterback Tim Hasselbeck off waivers last week, and he is expected to compete with Jesse Palmer and Jared Lorenzen for the backup job.

Miller, an 11-year veteran, was a member of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season, a year after missing the 2003 season with a shoulder injury. He last played in 2002 for Chicago and has a 15-12 career record as a starter.

Also on Tuesday, the Giants waived rookie wide receiver Charles Frederick and signed offensive lineman Alex Bell and defensive back Antwain Spain.

-- Associated Press

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