FREE AGENCY UPDATE

The Dolphins were able to re-sign one of their unrestricted free agents this week when they came to terms on a three-year deal with safety and special teams standout Scott McGarrahan.<P>The Dolphins now have three remaining free agents, all of whom the team gladly would welcome back.<P>

The three players are punter Matt Turk, defensive end Lorenzo Bromell and wide receiver Jeff Ogden.

Turk has drawn the interest of both the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets in free agency, but is still looking for a deal. There have been reports that Turk is looking for a long-term deal while the Dolphins are more interested in signing him to a short-term contract.

As for Bromell, Denver, Minnesota and Seattle have expressed interest. If he does sign with the Vikings, he will be reunited with former Dolphins defensive end Kenny Mixon, who signed with them earlier this offseason.

In the last week, the Dolphins have lost two free agents to Carolina -- running back Lamar Smith and cornerback Terry Cousin.

Smith, who had no future in Miami after the acquisition of Ricky Williams, could wind up competing for the starting job with the Panthers, with his competition coming from Richard Huntley.

As for Cousin, he also could wind up starting for the Panthers, whereas he was destined to do no better than be the fourth cornerback in Miami with the team committed to giving Jamar Fletcher the nickel job in 2002.

In terms of free agents from other teams, the Dolphins haven't had anybody in for a visit since wide receivers Terrence Wilkins and Patrick Johnson were in town last week, but that was partly because of this week's owners meetings in Orlando.

After the Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams both indicated they were no longer interested in his services, the Dolphins appear to be the front-runners to land veteran wide receiver Cris Carter.

The former Pro Bowler is said to be looking for $2 million a year, which is more than the Dolphins are willing to give him.

Carter didn't help his cause this offseason by postponing a meeting with the Rams, then turning off the Browns by saying there was no comparison between playing for St. Louis or Cleveland.


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