No Hurry For Brown

Ronnie Brown hasn't gotten worked up over his contract situation all offseason, and that's not going to change just because the big June 15 deadline is almost here. That's the day teams can reduce the tender amount to their restricted free agents to 110 percent of the player's 2009 salary. But in Brown's case, the deadline means nothing.

That's because the tender the Dolphins put on Brown in March was just that, 110 percent of his 2009 salary — or $3.97 million, to be exact.

That means that Brown will be staring at the same one-year deal before or after June 15.

Because of his recent injury history, it's unlikely the Dolphins will be giving Brown a long-term deal until they're satisfied he can bounce back from last year's Lisfranc injury.

Brown probably knows it, which is why he refused to worry about his contract situation throughout the offseason work.

In the case of tight end Anthony Fasano, his tender of $1.18 million was much more than 110 percent of his 2009 salary of $535,000, and that's why he signed his tender before the June 15 deadline. For those wondering, had Fasano let the deadline passed, the Dolphins could have reduced his tender to $588,500 and still kept his rights.

IS HE OR ISN'T HE?: According to the National Football Post website, the Dolphins have released defensive end/linebacker Brian Johnston, but he still shows up on the roster on the team's website.

We can tell you that Johnston has been absent from the last several practices that have been open to the public, with Coach Tony Sparano calling it an excused absence.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: The Dolphins will have one final OTA session on Wednesday — it will be closed to the public — before they head for a month-long break.

The team will reconvene for training camp, which is expected to start the last Friday or Saturday of July.


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