What next?

Time is running out and the Dolphins still have some work to do to get under the salary cap by the Wednesday deadline. Not surprisingly, there is plenty of speculation as to what is going to happen.

The most likely thing that's going to happen is that some players will get cut after refusing to restructure their contracts.

Among those who could become salary-cap casualties are LB Junior Seau, T Damion McIntosh and WR David Boston.

We listed the three, incidentally, in the order of likelihood they will be back in 2005. Seau still has some football left in him, but he won't get a big deal anywhere around the league, so he might amenable to redoing his deal.

There's also been talk about some potential trades, most notably one involving CB Patrick Surtain. It's no secret the Kansas City are interested, but they want to get the two-time Pro Bowl selection signed to a long-term deal before agreeing to anything.

There hasn't been definite talk of what the Chiefs would give the Dolphins, but because K.C. doesn't have a third-round choice, don't be surprised if any deal involves a future draft pick.

There was also this juicy rumor: Surtain and the second overall pick in this year's draft to Indy for RB Edgerrin James and the Colts' first-round pick, the 29th overall.

While that appears a great move for Miami, we just wonder how effective James will be as a running back once you get him away from the Colts' high-powered offense, one that greatly benefits from Peyton Manning's tremendous ball handling in addition to his passing.

There's also been talk that the St. Louis Rams would like to trade a middle-round pick to the Dolphins for DT Jeff Zgonina, who was with the Rams before joining Miami as a free agent.

Finally, there had been talk of a Rob Konrad trade to Tampa Bay but that rumor has faded of late.

On the flip side, profootball talk.com is reporting that the Dolphins are interesting in trading for Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius, who recently was tagged as a franchise player by the Jaguars. There was no word on what the Dolphins would have to give up, but Darius would be a nice acquisition at the right price.

The Dolphins also have been rumored to be interested in several free agents, among them QB Gus Frerotte and DE Reggie Hayward.

We don't know exactly what's going to happen in the next few weeks, but we can tell you it's going to be interesting.

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