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 Adewale Ogunleye situation.

Adewale Ogunleye and Arturo Freeman remain unsigned, even though neither of them can go anywhere because the Dolphins hold exclusive negotiating rights to both.

Still, you'd like to see the situation with Ogunleye get resolved sooner rather than later. Ogunleye is coming off a breakthrough season, and there's no reason to think he can't continue to get better in 2003.

The last thing you want to see is for him to either miss time at training camp because of a holdout or for him to report and not be totally focused on his job because he's thinking about his contract situation.

As stated before, Ogunleye really has no leverage right now, and he's looking at accepting the tender of $375,000.

Ideally, Ogunleye signs a long-term contract that secures yet another starter on what should be a very good defense.

Either way, this is a situation that needs to be handled carefully.

The Dolphins do have depth at defensive end with Rob Burnett, Jay Williams and David Bowens, but Ogunleye showed last year he could become something special.


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