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    Dolphins Sign Zgonina

    The Miami Dolphins signed 10-year veteran defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina on Monday in a move that provides the club a solid rotational player.

    A starter the past three seasons in St. Louis, where he has played since 1997, the unrestricted free agent Zgonina signed a four-year contract. Financial details were not immediately available, but ESPN.com confirmed the signing bonus was $500,000.

    Miami outbid the Kansas City Chiefs for Zgonina, who could have remained with the Rams and who also had interest from the New England Patriots. The addition of Zgonina gives the Dolphins a proven veteran to spell starting tackles Tim Bowens and Larry Chester.

    The fate of former No. 3 tackle Jermained Haley, a restricted free agent, is not yet clear. The team could rescind its $605,000 qualifying offer to Haley or attempt to trade the three-year veteran.

    Zgonina, 32, is a tough-minded run stopper who has flashed some pass rush ability in recent seasons. The self-made, blue-collar player had never started a game before 2000, but logged 40 starts in his three years with the Rams and was named a team captain.

    In a thinning free agent pool Zgonina clearly was one of the best defensive players remaining and he seemed to click with team officials in Miami when he visited the past two days.

    The former Purdue star played with Pittsburgh (1993-94), Carolina (1995) and Atlanta (1996) before signing with St. Louis in 1997. He has recorded 206 tackles, 13˝ sacks and three forced fumbles in 107 appearances. Last season, starting in all 16 games, he had 38 tackles and four sacks.

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    Re: Dolphins Sign Zgonina

    Yodude, I hope Av appreciates your efforts. I'm sure the Zgonina discussions will be as spirited and lively as the Hodgins and Miller threads!

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    Re: Dolphins Sign Zgonina

    Its a good thing that Yodude doesn't allow himself to be baited by my comments! :redface:

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    Re: Dolphins Sign Zgonina

    I can't wait for the responses to start pouring in.
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    Re: Dolphins Sign Zgonina

    Its a good thing that Yodude doesn't allow himself to be baited by my comments!

    Just trying to make you happy!
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    Re: Dolphins Sign Zgonina

    Losing Zgonina? This just happened Monday? Where was the petition to keep him? Does it matter as long as we have Wistrom? You don't want to put someone like Young at DT where he might get a stupid penalty called on him keeping a Division title contender in the game instead of Zgonina do you?

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    Re: Dolphins Sign Zgonina

    That's the only news that could be found about Zgonina? Yikes!
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