FIEDLER GETS OFFER

Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said after the playoff loss to Baltimore that he wanted Jay Fiedler back in 2002, and the team has begun taking steps to make sure that happens.

The Dolphins made a contract offer to Fiedler, who is expected to opt out of his current deal before a Feb. 23 deadline and become a free agent. The Dolphins would have the right to match any offer, but they don't want it to get to that point.

Fiedler's current deal calls for a salary of about $1.2 million for next season, and Fiedler is looking for a sizable raise.

"They have definitely made a good-faith offer," said Fiedler's agent, Eugene Levy. "Whether or not things go in the right direction from here, I can't tell you. The process has just started. But both of us have the same goal, and that's to keep him here."


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