Re-Sign or Release: G Toniu Fonoti

With the start of free agency not too far ahead, we take a look at the Dolphins' free agents and weigh in on which players the Dolphins should bring back and which players they can afford to let go. Today we examine the case of guard Toniu Fonoti

When he joined the Dolphins: Fonoti was signed on Nov. 7 when he was out of football after being released in training camp by Tampa Bay.

His 2006 season: Fonoti saw action as a backup guard in six games and did not play in a seventh game. Fonoti was the primary backup to L.J. Shelton and Kendyl Jacox at the end of the season.

2006 base salary: $500,000

Forecast: Fonoti is an interesting player because there's obviously some talent there considering he's a former second-round pick of the San Diego Chargers and he started 14 games as a rookie in 2002 and 16 games in 2004. The issue with Fonoti has always been his weight. He was listed on the Dolphins roster last year at 350 pounds, and that has affected his quickness as well as his ability to stay healthy. The question is whether Fonoti ever will be able to get his weight under control to maximize his potential.

Projection: Fonoti went through free agency last offseason, which is how he went from Minnesota to Tampa Bay. Because of his potential, there could be some interest in his services. New head coach Cam Cameron is familiar with Fonoti, having served as offensive coordinator in San Diego when Fonoti played there from 2002 until he was traded to the Vikings in October of 2005. The feeling here is the Dolphins will make a push to re-sign him, although they won't get into a bidding war for his services. Count on him being back.


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