OGDEN RETURNS

The Dolphins re-signed another of their unrestricted free agents on Wednesday, with wide receiver Jeff Ogden coming to terms on a one-year deal.<P>

Ogden had drawn the interest of three other teams this offseason -- Jacksonville, Seattle and the expansion Houston Texans.

"There were some possibilities, some situatoins that looked good on paper as far as having a chance to contribute, but it came down to where I felt more comfortable and fit in best," Ogden said. "I'm glad it worked out."

Ogden caught only six passes last season, but he did a very good job as a punt returner, finishing fourth in the AFC with an 11.8-yard average.

His role with the Dolphins figures to be similar in 2002, although he may have to fight to keep his punt returning job.

"Jeff was a big part of our team and one of our core guys on special teams, and we're thrilled to get him back," said Dolphins vice president Rick Spielman. "We always kept in contact with Jeff throughout the whole process."

The signing of Ogden leaves two Dolphins unrestricted free agents on the market -- defensive end Lorenzo Bromell and punter Matt Turk.

Of the two, Bromell is the one who is more likely to return, although he has drawn interest from Minnesota, Kansas City, Arizona and Seattle.

The Dolphins have lost five free agents this offseason, with Kenny Mixon signing with Minnesota, Lamar Smith and Terry Cousin with Carolina, Brian Walker with Detroit, and Spencer Folau with New Orleans.


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