Perry had been a starter since joining the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent in 2001, but he figured to have a challenge for his starting job in training camp, either from second-year lineman Seth McKinney or in a shuffle of the starting lineup.
His performance in 2003:
Perry drew praise from Coach Dave Wannstedt throughout training camp and kept his starting job at right guard. But the entire offensive line struggled last season, and Perry certainly was among those. Wannstedt even pointed out during the season that Perry wasn't playing as well as he had in 2002. The truth is Perry never really shined, and there were many moments when he looked like he was getting manhandled up front. He also committed his fair share of penalties. On a line that didn't perform well, it could have used a better performance from the veteran.
His future with the team:
Perry is one of the classiest guys on the team and he's a good team player, but the truth is he's simply nothing more than a marginal player and the Dolphins really need an upgrade at his position. Perry is under contract for next season, but it would be no surprise whatsoever if he was released as the Dolphins make moves to get under the salary cap in time for the start of free agency. The only way Perry would return in 2004 is he accepts a pay cut, but even then the Dolphins need someone better in the starting lineup.
Grade for 2003: C-.