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 Jermaine Haley situation.

The Dolphins face a decision now that the Washington Redskins have come to terms with restricted free agent Jermaine Haley.

The big defensive tackle reportedly has agreed to a four-year, $4 million deal with the Redskins, and the one thing that appears certain is that Haley won't play for the Dolphins in 2003.

That's because the Dolphins already invested some money this offseason in DT Jeff Zgonina and the Dolphins don't really need four fairly expensive defensive tackles (the others obviously are Tim Bowens and Larry Chester).

The question now is whether the Dolphins don't match the offer and take the seventh-round draft as compensation or whether they match and try to trade Haley to a team that would be willing to take on that contract and give the Dolphins something better than a seventh-rounder.

Hmm. What to do?

Obviously, you'd like to get more than a seventh-round pick for Haley, who is a quality backup and even is good enough to start for many teams as a run-plugging defensive tackle.

But teams weren't exactly knocking each other out of the way to offer Haley a contract during the free agency period, even though it was pretty well acknowledged that the Dolphins might not match the offer.

The best guess here is that the Dolphins will try to get something more from the Redskins but eventually Haley will wind up in Washington regardless.

If the Dolphins somehow can get something better than a No. 7 pick, they will have done well in this case.


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