The Dolphins on Tuesday lowered their tender offer to restricted free agent Adewale Ogunleye, a move that was expected and not nearly as drastic as it might sound.

By keeping a tender on Ogunleye, the Dolphins continue to hold exclusive negotiating rights to the defensive end and 2003 AFC sack leader.

"Why we lowered the tendered is it gives us an opportunity to protect ourselves in case of a lengthy holdout," said General Manager Rick Spielman. "Wale is a key member of this team. We want Wale here. We're going to continue to talk to Drew and try to get something done."

The Drew in question is Ogunleye's agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

He and his client are looking for a lucrative long-term deal from the Dolphins and the threat has been made of Ogunleye holding out until the last six games of the season, which is what he needs to become an unrestricted free agent next spring.

Rosenhaus said he wasn't surprised by the lowering of the tender, which is now in the $500,000m from the previous $1.852 million, and that Ogunleye wasn't going to play with a one-year deal anyway.

For the Dolphins, it's strictly about business.

"It has nothing to do about what we think about Adewale Ogunleye as a person and as a football player," Spielman said. "We're going to try to get something done with Wale, like all our young, key guys.

"We have to try to make everything fit, not only for this year but for future years."

In other Dolphins news:

-- The Dolphins signed two players in the last two days, cornerback Todd Howard and defensive end T.J. Bingham.

Both just finished playing in NFL Europe this spring. Howard recorded two interceptions, while Bingham finished with five sacks.

-- You may have heard by now, but quarterback Sage Rosenfels is making available for events with the new Sage Rosenfels Ultimate Football Experience.

For a fee, you can have Rosenfels tag along for functions and events, he also will provide training and there's even talk of him watching Monday night games with interested parties.

"It's a serious thing, it's not a goofy thing," said Rosenfels, who has taken some ribbing from his teammate over the whole thing. "Hopefully, I'm going to live down here a long time. I want to get to know the community better and I want the community to get to know me better."

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