PRESEASON OPPONENTS SET

The NFL released the national television preseason schedule, and for the first time since 1999 the Dolphins will not be a part of it. Also Monday, the Dolphins re-signed offensive lineman Greg Jerman.

The Dolphins' first two preseason games will be at home against Jacksonville (weekend of Aug. 12-16) and Washington (Aug. 19-23) before trips to Tampa Bay (weekend of Aug. 26-30) and New Orleans (Sept. 2-5).

The exact dates and times of the preseason games will be announced at a later date.

-- Jerman was one of the Dolphins' exclusive-rights free agents, which means he wasn't allowed to negotiate with any other team after he was extended a tender offer.

Jerman, who signed a one-year contract, started one game at right guard last season and might compete for the job this fall if the Dolphins don't add anybody else between now and the start of the regular season.

-- Finally, a rumor has begun circulating suggesting the Chicago Bears would be willing to send first- and fourth-round choices to the Dolphins in exchange for defensive end Adewale Ogunleye.

Ogunleye is a restricted free agent whose compensation currently calls for first- and third-round choices if the Dolphins decline to match an offer sheet.

Teams can get around that by agreeing to compensation with the Dolphins, who first would sign Ogunleye before trading him.

Ogunleye, for his part, has said he has no desire to sign a one-year contract or accept the Dolphins' tender of $1.8 million and a change.

The only problem for Ogunleye is he doesn't have much leverage because he's a restricted free agent. Ogunleye did say his desire was to remain with the Dolphins.


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