The Miami Dolphins are re-signing Dan Marino in strange tribute

The Miami Dolphins announced a handful of signings Wednesday, though all six players have been out of the NFL for years. In a kind (yet bizarre) gesture to “further emphasize the bond between the organization and the team’s alumni,” the Dolphins are re-signing Dan Marino, Bob Griese, Nat Moore, Larry Little, Kim Bokamper and Sam Madison to one-day contracts.

They’re all being added to the active roster so that they can sign their day-long deals at 3 p.m. ET during an event that will be livestreamed by the team, according to a statement:

These six former players are being added to the active roster to further emphasize the bond between the organization and the team’s alumni, who helped established the rich legacy of the Miami Dolphins.

The six former Dolphins, who took the field during varying eras ranging from the 1960s to the 2000s, were all named top-50 player by the franchise and have combined for 25 Pro Bowl selections and three Hall of Fame inductions.

Though it’s truly unfortunate that none of them will be suiting up for the Dolphins this season – because frankly, who wouldn’t love to see Marino take the field in today’s pass-happy NFL – it is a nice move by the organization, as oddly timed as it is.

Here’s to hoping Jason Taylor will take the field when the Dolphins ultimately sign him to a one-day contract in 10 years or so for yet another strange retirement tribute.