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 signing of tight end Marco Battaglia.

The Dolphins made it official on Tuesday when they announced the signing of veteran tight end Marco Battaglia to a one-year contract.

While the move isn't exactly headling-grabbing, it's a solid acquisition for the Dolphins, who badly needed depth at the position after both Desmond Clark and Jed Weaver left via free agency.

Battaglia certainly isn't an elite tight end, but he is a more than capable receiver and he's a good fit for Norv Turner's offense.

Randy McMichael is firmly entrenched as the starter at the position and should be for several years to come. The Dolphins used two-tight-end formations quite a bit last year, and you might see that decrease somewhat in 2003.

By signing Battaglia only to a one-year contract, one would think that means the Dolphins might go after a tight end in the draft to solidify the position for the future.

But for the present, signing Battaglia was a good move.


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