Freeman's tough spot

Coach Dave Wannstedt said Monday the battle for the starting free safety position hadn't been decided, but it's sure looking like it's going to be free agent acquisition Antuan Edwards. Arturo Freeman, meanwhile, could be left behind for the second year in a row.

We're saying it's going to be Edwards because he's the one who started against Tampa Bay last Saturday night after starting the week before against Washington; because it looks at first glance like Edwards has made more plays this preseason than Freeman; and finally because it simply looks like Edwards is a better player.

But it's still hard not to feel bad for Freeman, one of the nicest guys in the Dolphins locker room.

He was in this same boat last year when he was coming off his first season as a starter (at strong safety) and the Dolphins brought in veteran Sammy Knight in the offseason.

Wannstedt said publicly there was a three-way battle for the two starting spots, when pretty much everyone who covers the Dolphins knew all along it was going to be Knight and Brock Marion.

Well, Marion was let go this offseason, so Freeman thought this finally was his chance at his preferred position of free safety.

Freeman elected to bypass free agency to re-sign with the Dolphins because he felt he was in line for a starting job.

But the Dolphins later signed Edwards, telling him he'd have the opportunity to compete for a starting job.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Freeman, said during his weekly segment on Miami TV station WSVN that he didn't feel his client was getting a fair shot.

On Monday, Wannstedt was asked a rumor suggesting the Dallas Cowboys might be interested in trading for Freeman.

Wannstedt chuckled and said, "I wonder where that story got started?" The suggestion was clear, that Rosenhaus had made up the story.

Wannstedt then added that he had gotten no phone call about Freeman and that he intended to keep all the estalished safeties currently on the roster, including Freeman.

Freeman, for his part, said last week he felt he was "front-running this thing," meaning the battle for the starting job.

But he's really not. In fact, it would be a shock at this point if he wound up starting.

At this point, he's got to be wondering why he re-signed with the Dolphins and whether he'll ever start for this team again.

The Dolphins will need a lot of defensive backs to perform through the course of the season, and Freeman clearly is one of them.

You just have to wonder about his psyche, though, because at some point he's going to be faced with a harsh reality.

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