Re-Sign or Release: DT Vonnie Holliday

With the start of free agency not too far away, 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 defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday.

When he joined the Dolphins: Holliday signed a two-year contract as a free agent on March 5, 2005 after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs 11 days earlier.

His 2006 season: Holliday was overshadowed by the NFL Defensive Player of the Year performance of Jason Taylor, but he had a tremendous season in his own right, finishing with 66 tackles (the most of any Dolphins defensive lineman), seven sacks, 12 quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery. Holliday actually played well enough in 2006 to merit consideration for the Pro Bowl, even though he ended up not being selected.

2006 base salary: $1.785 million

Forecast: Holliday's ability to play any position on the defensive line, coupled with the fact that there aren't many big-time free agents available at the position, will make him one of the hottest commodities this offseason. Holliday expressed an interest late in the 2006 season of wanting to stay with the Dolphins, but he very possibly could bring about a bidding war and the question then will become how much the Dolphins are willing to spend to keep him. The Dolphins have a lot of age on the defensive line, so there will be changes on that unit, but the Dolphins should do everything they can to re-sign Holliday.

Projection: If the Dolphins do nothing else in free agency, being able to re-sign Holliday would make it a success. We would anticipate this being a tough task, but the Dolphins have the advantage of familiarity. We're not expecting the Dolphins to use the franchise or transition tag on Holliday because, quite frankly, he's not a upper-tier defensive lineman. But he played like one last season, which is why it would be nice to see him back in a Dolphins uniform in 2007.

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