THE DAILY TAKE

The Daily Take will be posted every weekday at 3 p.m. and will offer our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we discuss the Dolphins' restricted free agents.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus was quoted this week as saying he was expecting offers to soon be made by other teams to safety Arturo Freeman and defensive tackle Jermaine Haley.

Both are his clients, both are restricted free agents.

The Dolphins have the right to match an offer to either player or get compensation if they decline. The Dolphins would get a fifth-round pick for not matching an offer to Freeman, a seventh-rounder for Haley.

Haley's situation is a slam dunk. Keep him. The Dolphins were great against the run last year, and a big reason was the play of their tackle trio of Tim Bowens, Larry Chester and Haley.

And, let's be honest, there isn't much difference — if any — between the play of any of those guys. So keeping Haley is a no-brainer.

When it comes to Freeman, quite frankly we'd have no problems with the Dolphins letting him go. He's been with the team three years, had his big chance last year as a starter, and was very disappointing.

Coach Dave Wannstedt said after the season the team might have assumed too many things with Freeman. Well, the guy's been around three years. It's not as though he was a rookie. The Dolphins know what they've got in Freeman by now, and a fifth-round draft pick might not be a bad trade right now.


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