Cedric Thornton, Danny Watkins

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton (72) battles guard Danny Watkins (63) during the teams NFL football training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa, Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)


Danny Watkins' change of scenery will take place in Miami.

The former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins on Tuesday, one day after trying out for the team.

"It's huge for me," Watkins told ESPN.com Tuesday. "I've struggled in Philadelphia. I don't want to dwell too much on the past, but there's definitely some issues there. This is huge for me. It's a very exciting time for me and my family."

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Watkins, 28, was the Eagles' first-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, but never came close to meeting those lofty expectations. The Eagles cut him on Saturday after two disappointing seasons. He started a combined 18 games in 2011-12, but lasted just six games last season before getting benched.

Upon releasing him, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman noted that Watkins' "innate toughness" never materialized during his stint with the Eagles. Roseman also thought a "change of scenery" would help ease the pressure that comes with being a first-round draft pick.

Watkins began training camp this summer as a backup to right guard Todd Herremans and was unable to unseat him. He will also be a backup with the Dolphins, though starting right guard John Jerry has been bothered by a knee injury.

"He has a lot of football left in him," Watkins' agent, former Eagles offensive lineman Joe Panos, told ESPN.com. "The best thing to happen to him is to get out of Philadelphia. He needs a fresh start and the Dolphins realize that."

Watkins becomes the fourth player to sign with a Florida NFL team after being cut by the Eagles on Saturday. Tight end Clay Harbor and linebacker Chris McCoy were both claimed off waivers by Jacksonville. Wide receiver Russell Shepard was claimed by Tampa Bay.

In addition, wide receiver Marvin McNutt, who spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad, was signed to the Dolphins' practice squad Monday after they released him on Saturday.

In other news, the Eagles added safety Keelan Johnson and offensive lineman Isaac Remington to the practice squad Tuesday, leaving one spot available on the eight-member unit.

Johnson signed with Miami as a rookie free agent from the University of Arizona and was cut on Saturday. Remington, who played for Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, was also a rookie free agent. He began Eagles' training camp as a defensive lineman, but also got playing time on the offensive line.

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