Two new defenders

The feeling may be that the Dolphins' offense really needs a lot of helps, it's looking as though it's the defense that's going to get a makeover. As proof, the first two free agents signed by the Dolphins this offseason are safety Travares Tillman and defensive end Vonnie Holliday.

Tillman, a former second-round pick of Buffalo who spent last season with Carolina, will be in line to start at free safety and replace departed Arturo Freeman.

Holliday, meanwhile, is a former first-round pick of Green Bay who spent the last two seasons in Kansas City. Holliday could wind up starting if the Dolphins, as many expect, switch to a 3-4 defense.

In other news, reports indicate the Dolphins have gotten both Damion McIntosh and Junior Seau to agree to restructure their deal.

In the case of McIntosh, The Miami Herald reports McIntosh agreed to the deal only after the Dolphins promised not to pursue a left tackle in free agency or the draft.

That would leave McIntosh to fight for the starting job with former starter Wade Smith and 2004 first-round pick Vernon Carey, who is expected to move from the right side.


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