A Big Deal

The Dolphins made their first big move of the offseason on Wednesday when they re-signed defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday to a four-year contract. The move keeps Holliday from the free agent market, where he would have been one of the most attractive defensive linemen available.

Now, the four-year deal will keep Holliday with the Dolphins through the 2010 season.

"I'm happy we were able to sign Vonnie to this new contract and I appreciate the work Randy Mueller and our administrative staff did in getting it completed," said Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron. "Not only has he been a major part of one of the league's top defensive units the last two years, but he also has been one of the key veteran leaders in the locker room. In addition, it addresses one of our top offseason priorities, which is to retain our own players who have been productive members of the team. During our recent conversations, both Randy and I agreed that signing Vonnie was a high priority."

The nine-year NFL veteran had one of his best seasons in 2006 when he started all 16 games and finished fourth on the team with 66 tackles, including seven sacks. That figure ranked second on the team and tied for third among NFL interior linemen.

Holliday joined the Dolphins in 2005 as an unrestricted free agent from Kansas City, and in his two seasons with Miami, he has started all 32 contests and recorded 122 tackles and 12 sacks. In Holliday's two seasons with the Dolphins, the team has produced two of the five-highest single-season sack totals in franchise history, while also allowing a combined average of just 3.6 yards per rush attempt.

The signing of Holliday leaves the Dolphins with 14 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 2: LB Keith Adams, FB Darian Barnes, DE David Bowens, G Toniu Fonoti, G/C Kendyl Jacox, CB Michael Lehan, QB Shane Matthews, T Damion McIntosh, RB Travis Minor, RB Sammy Morris, LB Donnie Spragan, S Travares Tillman, DT Keith Traylor and DT Jeff Zgonina.

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