The Dolphins took significant steps toward getting under the salary cap with the decision to release three veterans and rework some contracts. The big news involved the team telling the agent for Tim Ruddy, Todd Perry and Brian Griese that his clients would be released.

The Dolphins also re-signed safety Arturo Freeman, who had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next Wednesday as well as defensive tackle Dario Romero, who was to be an exclusive-rights free agents.

In addition, the Dolphins restructured the contracts of linebacker Zach Thomas, kicker Olindo Mare and defensive tackle Tim Bowens.

All the moves should put the Dolphins under the salary cap, but the possibility exists that other players could be released or be asked to restructure their contracts.

Among those who could be released are wide receiver James McKnight, safeties Brock Marion or Sammy Knight, cornerback Sam Madison and quarterback Jay Fiedler.

It's believed the Dolphins might ask defensive end Jason Taylor to restructure his deal.

The Dolphins haven't ruled out the possibility of Griese, Perry or Ruddy being re-signed at a later date, although it doesn't appear likely that would happen.

Teams have until March 3, the start of the NFL calendar, to get under the salary cap.

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