Team jumps into free agency

The Dolphins, like many other teams, were busy this past weekend as free agency officially began with a flurry of signings.

Three players, former Detroit cornerback Andre Goodman, former Saints linebacker Sedrick Hoge and former Cleveland left tackle L.J. Shelton, were signed by Miami.

Hoge, a likely candidate to replace outside linebacker Junior Seau, signed a two-year deal worth a reported $2 million. The deal also includes incentives that could be worth up to an extra $1 million each year. Hoge was originally a third-round draft pick in 2001 by Dolphins GM Randy Mueller when he held the same post with the New Orleans Saints. Hoge has started 43 of the 63 games in which he has played with the Saints.

Goodman, 27, signed a three-year deal worth a reported $5 million, with up to $2.5 million in incentives. Known as a good run-supporting cornerback, Goodman started eight games for the Lions last year and recorded a career-high three interceptions.

Shelton, 29, is a seven-year veteran who started every game for the Browns last year. Originally a first-round draft pick of Arizona in 1999, he has started 93 out of the 98 games in which he has played.

"We are pleased that we've been able to sign each of these players to our team," head coach Nick Saban said. "Their additions solve some critical needs we wanted to address in the offseason."

In addition to those three signings, the Dolphins continued to make a strong push to sign quarterback Drew Brees. It was rumored over the weekend that the Saints were the leading contender for the quarterback's services, but Saban wasn't going to lose Brees without a fight. Saban, along with team owner Wayne Huizenga, flew on Huizenga's private jet to visit Brees in Alabama and encourage him to at least visit Miami before making a final decision. Brees was in for a visit on Monday.

• The Dolphins announced they have tendered qualifying offers to all three of its exclusive rights free agents, which include safety Yeremiah Bell, tight end Alex Holmes and cornerback Eddie Jackson.

• Former Dolphins quarterback Sage Rosenfels signed a four-year deal with the Houston Texans over the weekend.


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