On the Way Out?

The Dolphins already have seen a few veterans player leave since the beginning of the month, and there could be more departures in the next week or so, starting with wide receiver Wes Welker.

Welker arrived Sunday night in Boston, where he was scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots. New England is said to be very interested in signing Welker, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet.

We don't know exactly what kind of deal Welker will get from the Pats, but the figure $38 million has been thrown around. The Dolphins made a qualifying offer to Welker that will get them a second-round pick if they decide not to match, and regardless of what kind of money New England offers Welker, it's difficult to imagine the Dolphins passing up the chance to pick up a No. 2 draft choice.

Another player expected to leave soon is quarterback Joey Harrington, who is due a roster bonus, a bonus the Dolphins have little interest in paying. After his up-and-down performance last year, it's difficult to envision the Dolphins being really interested in bringing Harrington back at any price, really.

Then there's free agent defensive end David Bowens, who is visiting the New York Jets and recently released defensive end Kevin Carter, who is visiting the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Last but not least, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the Dolphins also are shopping tight end Randy McMichael and asking a third-round pick in return.


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