A DONE DEAL

The Dolphins' acquisition of Junior Seau became official on Wednesday after the 12-time linebacker passed his physical. Seau later was introduced at an afternoon press conference, complete with a Dolphins jersey with Seau's name and his familiar number 55.

The trade will cost the Dolphins a sixth-round pick in the 2004 draft that could become a fifth-rounder depending upon how much playing time Seau gets in the 2003 season.

Either way, it's a small price to pay for a future Hall of Famer who is among the hardest workers in the NFL.

"It's a great day for the Dolphins, a very positive day for the Miami Dolphins," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "I don't think there's anybody in the National Football League that does it better or does it in a more professional way than what Junior does."

Seau began his press conference by sending prayers to the family of John Butler, the Chargers general manager who died last Friday after a battle with cancer.

Seau also expressed his appreciation for the city of San Diego, where he grew up and indicated that San Diego always would be his home.

But Seau also made it clear that his focus on the Dolphins and he wasn't looking back after 13 seasons with the Chargers.

"I'm going to tell the truth," he said. "The truth is that Junior Seau needed the Miami Dolphins more than the Miami Dolphins needed Junior Seau.

"They have a great running back, great quarterback, great offensive line that plays together, they have the No. 1 defense. Junior Seau was unemployed. So, I honestly believe that Junior Seau needed the Miami Dolphins more than they needed me."


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