Re-Sign or Release: RB Travis Minor

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 running back Travis Minor.

When he joined the Dolphins: Minor was the Dolphins' first of two third-round picks in 2001, and then re-signed with Miami with one-year contracts in both 2005 and 2006.

His 2006 season: Minor appeared in all 16 games but played almost exclusively on special teams. He led the Dolphins in special teams tackles with 14 and also had a forced fumble. Minor's only action on offense came late in the season when Ronnie Brown was out with an ankle injury, and he carried the ball 19 times for 64 yards.

2006 base salary: $585,000

Forecast: After six seasons in the NFL, Minor now has to realize he's still in the NFL because of his special teams prowess. Minor has some ability as a third-down back, but he has been, is and always will be a role player. That said, he also understands his role and is a great guy to have on the team.

Projection: As was the case the last two years, we don't expect there to be a lot of demand for Minor's services, and he's valuable enough that the Dolphins will want to bring him back. Of course, if there's a team out there looking to give Minor a bigger role, he'll be gone. But we don't see that happening. We see Minor back with the Dolphins.

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