The signings begin

With the Dolphins under the salary cap (without having to cut any more players), they began signing players on Wednesday and the first move involved retaining one of their own free agents, long-snapper Ed Perry.

Perry, who has only played for the Dolphins since joining the team as a sixth-round pick in 1997, signed a five-year contract. While it's not a spicy move, getting Perry back is a nice move because he's among the most reliable long-snappers in the league.

The Dolphins got down to the salary cap before Wednesday's deadline by restructuring the contracts of their two starting defensive tackles, Larry Chester and Tim Bowens. Bowens' deal reportedly includes a weight clause.

As for free agents from other teams, it's not expected the Dolphins will be making major moves, although they reportedly are interested in Jets running back LaMont Jordan.

If Saban follows the blueprint of his mentor, Bill Belichick, look for the Dolphins to sign several second-tier free agents as opposed to a few big-name players.

Besides, the Dolphins don't have that much money to spend.

No move has been made regarding Damion McIntosh, Junior Seau or David Boston, all three of whom were asked to redo their deal or face the possibility of being released.


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