Surtain remains a top-notch corner and it doesn't make sense to trade him from a purely production standpoint, but economics might not leave the Dolphins any choice.
The cornerback has been looking for a long-term deal for a while, and the thinking in his camp is that they won't get it from Miami.
The only drawback with Surtain as a player has been nagging knee problems, and we're sure everyone remembers the one-time assessment that he had a degenerative condition.
Surtain has shot down that theory, as well as the anonymous contention that he hasn't done a great job of keeping himself in the best shape possible.
On ability alone, Surtain could land the Dolphins a first-round pick in a trade, but the other factors might make that difficult.
Dallas and San Diego, both with two No. 1 picks and needs at cornerback, could be logical trading partners.
In other news:
-- On the subject of Surtain, he wound up turning down the offer to replace injured cornerback Chris McAlister in the Pro Bowl because of a groin injury. So Buffalo's Nate Clements will wind up being the replacement for McAlister.
-- Dolphins executive vice president Bryan Wiedmeier is among the candidates to become president of the Seattle Seahawks.
-- Marc Trestman, the Dolphins' assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach last season, has taken a job as offensive coordinator at North Carolina State University.
-- Wide receiver Sam Simmons, a 2003 Dolphins draft pick who spent some time on the roster as a rookie, has been signed to a 2005 contract by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
-- The Dolphins still are looking for a defensive coordinator to replace Jim Bates.