Trade for linebacker brewing

With Junior Seau officially in Miami, the Green Bay Packers reportedly are talking with the Dolphins about a trade for linebacker Derrick Rodgers, whom Seau will replace in the Dolphins' starting lineup.<p>

Rodgers has started at weakside linebacker for the Dolphins for the past six seasons. He has a $1.8 million salary-cap figure that makes him too expensive to keep as a backup. The Packers are in need of a weakside linebacker to replace the departed Nate Wayne.

The Dolphins reportedly are seeking a mid- to late-round draft pick for Rodgers. If the Packers do not trade for Rodgers, they may wait until after June 1 when the Dolphins likely would release Rodgers to create salary cap room. But the Dolphins still would have to count $750,000 against their cap this year and $750,000 in 2004, so it would probably be in their best interest to trade Rodgers for a draft choice.

Seau will receive about $6 million this year in total compensation, between bonuses and base salary, according to ESPN. The Chargers will pick up about $2 million of the $2.7 million roster bonus owed to Seau.

Rodgers started in 15 games and had 91 tackles and two interceptions last year. He has started in 14 games in each of his first six seasons.

Rodgers only played one season at Arizona State (1996) before entering the NFL draft, where he was the second of four third-round draft choices (92nd overall) by Miami in 1997. He played two seasons at Riverside (Calif.) Community College before attending ASU.

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