GETTING READY FOR FREE AGENCY

It was another busy day for the Dolphins front office as DE Jason Taylor signed a contract extension, QB Jay Fiedler reportedly is coming back to the team and their most prominent restricted free agents were given contract offers.

The first move, and most significant in terms of the salary cap, was to give Taylor a three-year, $22 million extension. The new deal means that Taylor is currently under contract with the Dolphins through 2009.

It was also reported that quarterback Jay Fiedler will return to the team and will have a chance to compete for the starting quarterback position with newcomer A.J. Feeley.

In yet more activity, the Dolphins also offered contracts to four of their restricted free agents.

The first was to Pro Bowl defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, who figures to get the most attention in the free agent market. The Dolphins tendered him an offer of $1.824 million, which means the team has a right to match another team's contract offer or get first- and third-round draft picks as compensation.

The other three offers were to running back Travis Minor, quarterback Sage Rosenfels and linebacker Morlon Greenwood. All three received offers of $628,000 for one year, which gives the Dolphins the right to match or get a draft pick instead.

After all was said and done, Miami is approximately $8 million under the salary cap.


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