THE HUNT FOR NEW PLAYERS BEGINS

Miami entered free agency today by making official a number of roster cuts, holding a press conference for newly-acquired quarterback A.J. Feeley and beginning the search for offensive linemen.

The offensive line will be the first priority for head coach Dave Wannstedt and general manager Rick Spielman, as the only starter from last year's team under contract is offensive tackle Wade Smith.

The team released Todd Perry and Tim Ruddy, and Jamie Nails and Todd Wade are both free agents. Miami was not expected to make much of an offer to retain Nails.

The Dolphins would like to keep Wade, however. The sticking point is financial. Wade and his agent are seeking a five-year, $25 million contract with a $10 million signing bonus, but Miami's counter offer was reportedly not close enough to that for their liking. Wade is expected to test the market.

That leaves several holes to fill along the line. As of now, the top candidates to fill those holes are New England's Damien Woody, Carolina's Jeno James, Chicago's Chris Vallarrial, Tampa Bay's Cosey Coleman and Philadelphia's Bobbie Williams.

Woody, James, Coleman and Williams were reportedly scheduled for visits this week.

The Dolphins also made official several cuts that were reported earlier -- tackle Mark Dixon, safety Trent Gamble, quarterback Brian Griese, safety Brock Marion, wide receiver James McKnight and long snapper Jeff Grau.

Also, Miami will hold a press conference to introduce quarterback A.J. Feeley at 3:00 p.m. at the team's training facility.


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