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    Two teams interested in Ogunleye
    By Alex Marvez
    Staff writer
    Posted June 21 2004

    Two teams seeking to upgrade their pass rush have an interest in trading for Adewale Ogunleye if the Dolphins place the Pro Bowl defensive end on the trading block.

    An NFL source said Sunday that Washington is "definitely" curious about acquiring Ogunleye, who is threatening a lengthy holdout if the Dolphins don't sign him to a long-term contract extension. The Florida Times-Union reported last week that Jacksonville also is closely monitoring the situation.

    The Dolphins have not actively pursued trying to trade Ogunleye this offseason, but that could change if an impressive offer is made, especially in light of Ogunleye being unsigned and no contract agreement imminent.

    Chicago had shown interest in Ogunleye before April's NFL Draft, but the Bears were unwilling to part with the first- and third-round picks. The NFL deadline then passed for teams to sign Ogunleye to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent, giving the Dolphins his exclusive rights for the 2004 season.

    Ogunleye couldn't be traded until re-signing with the Dolphins.

    He would likely refuse to sign under a trade scenario unless a suitor was willing to offer a multi-year contract with an eight-digit signing bonus.

    "There's nothing new with negotiations but we're keeping an optimistic approach," agent Drew Rosenhaus said Sunday night.

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    Re: Two teams interested in Ogunleye

    Redskins trying to get Ogunleye
    By Jody Foldesy
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES

    The Washington Redskins might get a premier pass-rusher after all.

    Nearly four months after bowing out of the chase for Jevon Kearse, the former Tennessee Titans star who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins are showing interest in another of the NFL's top defensive ends the Miami Dolphins' Adewale Ogunleye.

    A league source said yesterday Washington offered a first-round pick to Miami for Ogunleye, who is mired in a contract dispute and is threatening to skip the first half of the season. The source said the Dolphins rebuffed Washington but might change their minds as the regular season approaches.

    Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, however, played down any interest in Ogunleye and specifically denied an offer was made.

    "I think anybody in the league would have interest in him," Gibbs said. "There's nothing to it. They're not going to let that guy go. I wouldn't if I were them."

    Although a deal appears to be a long shot, Washington has a track record of ponying up draft picks and huge signing bonuses to make such swaps occur. Already this offseason, the Redskins have traded for two Pro Bowl players, quarterback Mark Brunell and running back Clinton Portis.

    Ogunleye, 26, joined Portis at the Pro Bowl last season after leading the AFC in sacks (15). Previously overshadowed by teammate Jason Taylor, Ogunleye edged out Taylor (13 sacks) and contributed to the league's third-best unit in terms of sacks.

    Washington, meanwhile, struggled badly rushing the passer in 2003. Now-departed linebacker Jessie Armstead led the club with 6 sacks as the defense finished 25th in total yardage.

    The Redskins believe they boosted their pass rush in March by signing defensive end Phillip Daniels and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin. However, Daniels and Griffin combined for just 3 sacks last season with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants, respectively.

    Currently, much of Washington's pass rush is expected to come from outside linebackers LaVar Arrington and Marcus Washington. Arrington led all NFL linebackers with 11 sacks in 2002, though he didn't relish playing from a three-point stance, while Washington recorded 18 sacks in four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

    Word of the Redskins' offer followed a report in yesterday's South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Redskins are "definitely" interested in Ogunleye.

    Redskins officials, though, deny there have been any serious internal discussions about Ogunleye, saying the Dolphins haven't even intimated he would be available via trade. But there is speculation Miami might be willing to deal if it becomes convinced Ogunleye is serious about sitting out much of this season.

    At issue in Ogunleye's squabble is his status as a restricted free agent. The Dolphins tendered him at the highest level a one-year, $1.824 million offer that brings first- and third-round compensation if the player goes to another club severely crimping his market activity. Ogunleye is seeking a long-term contract with a signing bonus on par with Kearse ($16 million) or the Green Bay Packers' Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila ($11 million).

    The period for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets with other NFL clubs ended in April. Last week Miami exercised its right under the collective bargaining agreement and reduced Ogunleye's offer from $1.824 million to the fourth-year minimum of $455,000. Agent Drew Rosenhaus dismissed the move, saying Ogunleye never had any intention of signing a one-year deal.

    Now Ogunleye intends to sit out the first half of this season, signing his offer sheet after seven games, just in time to accrue a year toward unrestricted free agency. He then would hit the market next spring, free to sign with any team.

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      Re: Two teams interested in Ogunleye

      Originally posted by NickSeiler
      Two teams seeking to upgrade their pass rush have an interest in trading for Adewale Ogunleye if the Dolphins place the Pro Bowl defensive end on the trading block.

      An NFL source said Sunday that Washington is "definitely" curious about acquiring Ogunleye, who is threatening a lengthy holdout if the Dolphins don't sign him to a long-term contract extension. The Florida Times-Union reported last week that Jacksonville also is closely monitoring the situation.

      The Dolphins have not actively pursued trying to trade Ogunleye this offseason, but that could change if an impressive offer is made, especially in light of Ogunleye being unsigned and no contract agreement imminent.

      Chicago had shown interest in Ogunleye before April's NFL Draft, but the Bears were unwilling to part with the first- and third-round picks. The NFL deadline then passed for teams to sign Ogunleye to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent, giving the Dolphins his exclusive rights for the 2004 season.

      First off, has there ever been a free agent that Snyder and the DC money machine have not been interested in?

      Second, I'll be the first to admit it if I'm wrong, but I just don't see this guy as being worth the effort. We would have to sell the farm and mortgage the barn to get and then sign this guy. If Hargrove pans out and Flowers and B. Fisher play to potential, the liability would be greater than the asset acquired, in my opinion. Again, if I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but I say we even pass on taking a run at this guy.
      The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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      • #4
        Re: Two teams interested in Ogunleye

        Originally posted by HUbison
        First off, has there ever been a free agent that Snyder and the DC money machine have not been interested in?

        Second, I'll be the first to admit it if I'm wrong, but I just don't see this guy as being worth the effort. We would have to sell the farm and mortgage the barn to get and then sign this guy. If Hargrove pans out and Flowers and B. Fisher play to potential, the liability would be greater than the asset acquired, in my opinion. Again, if I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but I say we even pass on taking a run at this guy.
        I think he's certainly benefitted from playing on the same line as Jason Taylor, and I question how well he'd do on a weak line where he's one of if not the only threat to the quarterback. Paired up with someone like Leonard Little, I think Ogunleye would be productive, but it's questionable how long the Rams would actually have that pairing. Then we'd still be forced to hope someone like Hargrove or Fisher plays well and can make a suitable pair with Ogunleye.

        I'd get into a bidding war with him next season if he hits UFA, but as of now, I'd keep the first rounder and add some more youth to this team next April.

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        • #5
          Re: Two teams interested in Ogunleye

          Personally, i hope he stays with the dolphins sits out the first seven games of the season. That way he will miss the rams game. Could be a long year for the fish if they lose him for the first seven games and Ricky winds up on the suspended list for his recent alleged positive drug test. Playing the dolphins without williams and ogunleye would certainly enhance our chances of success in that tough road game.

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          • Nick
            Dolphin talks with Ogunleye reaching impasse? - ESPN
            by Nick
            2003 team MVP, club far apart on terms
            By Len Pasquarelli
            ESPN.com

            Roller coaster contract negotiations between the Miami Dolphins and restricted free agent defensive end Adewale Ogunleye have dipped to the point where agent Drew Rosenhaus on Friday expressed doubt another whether a deal will ever be consummated.

            "At this juncture, it's a shame to put it in these terms, but I'd have to say that we're really at an impasse," Rosenhaus said. "There's a pretty big gap. Realistically, I just don't know how, or even if, we can get it done."

            The remarks came only a few weeks after both sides expressed guarded optimism a deal could be struck, and only a week after Ogunleye used a team banquet at which he was named the Dolphins' most valuable player for 2003 to lobby Miami officials in attendance to get negotiations moving in a positive direction.

            Almost as significant, Rosenhaus' assessment of the stalled negotiations came only four days before the critical date of June 15, when the Dolphins can reduce their qualifying offer to Ogunleye if he remains unsigned.

            In early March, the Dolphins tendered Ogunleye a one-year proposal of $1.824 million, the highest qualifying offer for a restricted free agent, to retain a right of first refusal in the event another team signed the AFC sack leader for 2003 to an offer sheet. But the collective bargaining agreement permits the team to reduce that offer to 110 percent of Oguneleye's base salary of $375,000 for 2003 if he isn't signed by June 15.

            Should the Dolphins exercise that prerogative, a possibility that Rosenhaus declined to address, it would drop the qualifying offer to just $412,500. Then again, given the tenor of talks, it wasn't as if Ogunleye was going to sign the $1.824 million offer either. The goal of Ogunleye and Rosenhaus has always been to secure a long-term deal and, if the Dolphins declined to offer one, to seek a trade.

            Dropping the qualifying offer to the lower number could inject a degree of acrimony, one that has been absent to this point, into the negotiations.

            "We're still looking for a contract somewhere between the one Jevon Kearse signed as an unrestricted free agent this year and the one that 'KGB' got as a restricted guy last year," Rosenhaus said. "That's where we feel the market for 'Wale' should be."

            In a deal negotiated by Rosenhaus, Kearse two months ago left the Tennessee Titans and signed an eight-year contract for $66 million with the Philadelphia Eagles, including $16 million in upfront money. Last spring, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila received a signing bonus of $11 million as part of a seven-year, $37.1 million contract to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers as a restricted free agent.

            Ogunleye, 26, led the AFC in sacks in 2003, with 15. A year earlier, in his first season as a starter...
            -06-13-2004, 11:58 AM
          • DJRamFan
            Ogunleye could be on the trading block
            by DJRamFan
            By Len Pasquarelli
            ESPN.com

            Troubled teams often make reckless moves and, with the Miami Dolphins desperate to fill their yawning hole at tailback, general manager Rick Spielman might now be forced to consider using defensive end Adewale Ogunleye as trade bait in his effort to replace the abruptly retired Ricky Williams.



            Insider's Randy Mueller, who as GM of the Saints traded Ricky Williams to the Dolphins, isn't shocked by Ricky's decision to walk away from the game, citing a history of "off-the-wall decisions."

            Mueller: Ricky predictably unpredictable

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            The unsigned Ogunleye, coming off a breakthrough 2003 season in which he led the AFC in sacks, is an attractive bargaining chip who was quietly courted by several teams before the draft. Spielman could conceivably approach some of those teams, notably Minnesota and Chicago, about a deal. Both the Bears and Vikings, with solid tailback depth, could offer a solution to the Dolphins' need for a proven runner.


            But in a twist nearly as mind-numbing as Williams' retirement, the agent for Ogunleye said Sunday that he now is more confident than at any time in recent months that his client will strike a deal that keeps him with the Dolphins.


            "I don't have any [contract] proposals to back it up and, from a numbers standpoint, we haven't moved much from where we were [weeks ago]," agent Drew Rosenhaus said. "But I sense more urgency from both sides to get something done. You're right, in that the Ricky Williams development improves Adewale's situation, but it doesn't necessarily mean a trade."


            Indeed, the Dolphins organization could react to Williams' retirement by deciding to fill from within or sign a veteran free agent, and simply try to compensate in part for his exit by getting better on the defensive side of the ball. But the Dolphins statistically rated No. 10 in overall defense in 2003 and, even by retaining Ogunleye, might not get significantly better than that this season.


            Adewale Ogunleye
            Defensive End
            Miami Dolphins
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            2003 SEASON STATISTICS
            Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
            64 45 19 2 15 0




            A restricted free agent, Ogunleye was granted the "high level" qualifying offer of $1.824 million by the Dolphins in February, a move that provided the team the right to match any offer he receives from another team. From the outset, however, Ogunleye has been seeking a long-term deal commensurate to those signed by other high-profile ends. When he did not sign the Miami qualifying offer by mid-April, the Dolphins, per their rights in the collective bargaining agreement, reduced their offer to $455,000.


            That's where things have remained and,...
            -07-26-2004, 05:45 PM
          • Nick
            Dolphins to lower offer to Ogunleye
            by Nick
            Dolphins to lower offer to Ogunleye
            By ARMANDO SALGUERO
            [email protected]

            The Dolphins today are expected to lower Adewale Ogunleye's one-year contract tender from $1.8 million to about $412,000 in a move to protect their interests in case the team's 2003 MVP sits out training camp and most of the regular season.

            Miami will exercise the option in Article 19 of the league's collective bargaining agreement, which stipulates that a club can withdraw its original qualifying offer to an unsigned restricted free agent and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting an offer equal to 110 percent of the player's salary from the previous season.

            The Dolphins originally tendered Ogunleye at $1.8 million, the highest possible level, so teams interested in signing the defensive end would have to compensate Miami with a first- and third-round draft pick for the privilege.

            Although Ogunleye led the AFC with 15 sacks in 2003, no team made him an offer and none called the Dolphins about negotiating a lower compensation level.

            NO COMMENT

            Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman was tight-lipped about the team's intentions to lower the tender but promised to explain the action once it takes place.

            ''There's really nothing to discuss, and if there's stuff we need to talk about and address, we will at the appropriate time,'' Spielman said.

            Unless Ogunleye signs the $1.8 million tender today, the Dolphins will lower the offer and save nearly $1.4 million in cap space.

            Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Ogunleye, also declined to comment.

            ''It's really something I'd rather wait to talk about,'' he said. ``But [today] may be a good day for commentary on the matter.''

            Rosenhaus and Ogunleye have made it clear that unless they can come to a long-term agreement with the Dolphins, the player will not report to training camp and likely will sit out all but the final six regular-season games.

            Ogunleye already has skipped the team's offseason conditioning program and four offseason camps and was not at the training facility Monday for the start of a fifth camp.

            FAR APART

            The team and the player have admitted they are not close on the terms of a multiyear contract.

            Ogunleye must play the final six regular-season games to earn an accrued season and qualify as an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

            CUTTING BACK

            That threat and the promise Rosenhaus made earlier that Ogunleye would not sign the $1.8 million tender have pointed the team toward reducing the tender. The Dolphins don't want to be put in a position where they are rewarding Ogunleye for sitting out much of the season.

            Ogunleye would get six seventeenths of $412,000 (about $146,000) in that case. The club also is aware that it...
            -06-16-2004, 01:31 AM
          • RamOfDenmark
            Jason Taylor traded to Redskins
            by RamOfDenmark
            Redskins get Jason Taylor from Dolphins

            By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer

            ASHBURN, Va. (AP)—Jason Taylor wanted out of Miami, and Bill Parcells seemed only too happy to trade the “Dancing with the Stars” defensive end.

            So when the Washington Redskins lost a starting lineman to a season-ending injury Sunday, a significant swap quickly got done.

            The Redskins gave the Dolphins a second-round pick in 2009 and a sixth-round choice in 2010 for Taylor, who is leaving the only NFL team he’s known.

            The six-time Pro Bowl defensive end—who was the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year—fell out of favor in Miami after spending his offseason on a TV show rather than working out with teammates.

            The deal came about nine hours after starting defensive end Phillip Daniels was carted away from the practice field at Redskins Park with a season-ending left knee injury on Day 1 of training camp.

            It also came only about 1 1/2 hours after Washington executive vice president Vinny Cerrato told reporters: “We haven’t talked to anybody about anything.”

            When he later announced the deal with the Dolphins, Cerrato said Taylor was expected to report to the Redskins on Monday—something the player’s agent confirmed.

            “We’re fortunate there was a guy that caliber on the market when somebody got hurt,” Cerrato said. “Normally, in most years, there’s not a guy of that caliber on the market.”

            The 33-year-old Taylor has played 11 NFL seasons and he’s started every game each of the past eight years.

            He had 11 sacks during the 2007 season, giving him 117 over his career.

            “His play speaks for itself. I think it’s easy to talk about Jason Taylor. He’s got statistics and everything else to back up everything that he’s done,” Cerrato said. “So we had to act after losing our starting defensive end Phillip Daniels, and talked to Parcells after practice today and we were able to work something out.”

            Taylor said last month that his intention is to play one more season, and it seems clear that he wants to pursue a Hollywood acting career. That said, Taylor privately has told confidants that he isn’t certain that he’ll retire after 2008.

            Cerrato noted Taylor has two years left on his contract and added: “I’m 100 percent positive he’ll play longer than one year.”

            Taylor’s agent, Gary Wichard, said it’s possible Taylor will play beyond the coming season.

            “The Dolphins got real good value for Jason,” Wichard said. “And he’s excited about going to Washington—he wanted an opportunity to compete in the playoffs in 2008. At the same time,...
            -07-20-2008, 07:33 PM
          • Nick
            Is team gauging interest in unsigned Ogunleye?
            by Nick
            Is team gauging interest in unsigned Ogunleye?
            By ARMANDO SALGUERO
            [email protected]


            The Dolphins have gauged trade interest for unsigned defensive end Adewale Ogunleye ''in passing'' during recent weeks, an NFL front office source said.

            While the Dolphins' stated public stance is they wish to sign Ogunleye, the club has asked teams if they have interest in Ogunleye while conducting talks concerning other available players, the source said.

            General manager Rick Spielman declined to comment on any trade talks the Dolphins might or might not have had.

            ''No one has called, and we haven't talked to anyone directly about it,'' coach Dave Wannstedt said Monday about the prospect of trading Ogunleye.

            It would be difficult for the Dolphins to work a trade for Ogunleye because of the salary cap consequences for the parties. The interested team would have to sign Ogunleye to a large contract, then trade a player or draft picks -- or both -- to Miami.

            And that would not be a cheap proposition because the Dolphins likely would demand equal value in return for trading Ogunleye, who earned a Pro Bowl berth last season after recording an AFC-leading 15 sacks.

            Any Pro Bowl-caliber player the Dolphins would get likely would come with a sizable contract.

            Miami has nonetheless made no secret it has contacted several NFL teams in the past 10 days to discuss adding offensive help -- presumably a running back or wide receiver.

            BANKS: `I'M ALL RIGHT'

            Cornerback Korey Banks will be in a neck brace until later this week and won't play in Saturday night's preseason game against Washington. But the injury that kept him lying on the field for nearly 10 minutes Saturday night is no more serious than a stinger.

            ''I'm all right,'' Banks said Monday, dispelling fears he might have suffered a serious spinal injury. ``I was just kind of dazed. I could have gotten up, but they told me to stay down.''

            THIS AND THAT

            The Dolphins waived injured receiver Kendall Newson and cornerback Alphonso Roundtree on Monday. Newson underwent surgery Monday at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables to repair a torn left Achilles' tendon.

            Antuan Edwards took first-team repetitions ahead of Arturo Freeman on Monday. Freeman, slated as the starter at free safety before training camp, took second-team snaps. Edwards is expected to start Saturday against Washington.
            -08-17-2004, 08:01 AM
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