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    Is team gauging interest in unsigned Ogunleye?
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    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.


    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.''


    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.

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  • DJRamFan
    Ogunleye could be on the trading block
    by DJRamFan
    By Len Pasquarelli

    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

    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
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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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
  • DJRamFan
    [Dolphins] Not the time for change
    by DJRamFan
    Despite being the last winless team in the NFL, coach Dave Wannstedt doesn't plan to alter the starting lineup.


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    Perhaps you figure the silver lining in the ever-expanding winless cloud over the Dolphins is now you'll see some of the Dolphins young players getting more game time.

    You want to see that, you better have PlayStation or Xbox. The coach of the live action Dolphins isn't planning on doing things that way for now.

    Not only did Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt restate that Jay Fiedler would start at quarterback this Sunday, he digressed into this at the end of answering a question about the defense:

    ''As hard as our players are playing, as hard as our players are working and practicing, my commitment to them, my obligation to this football team, is do whatever we can do to reward that type of effort, to try win this game on Sunday,'' Wannstedt said. When asked bluntly when it's time to give untested players more time, Wannstedt said, ``As long as these guys keep working as hard as we're working, we have to give them the best opportunity to win today.''

    Of course, the guys getting the playing time now are 0-6. Not only is that 5 games back of a potential playoff spot, it's 37 percent of the way toward an offseason in which the Dolphins have to decide on certain players.

    Making such analysis without having an adequate sample size is called ``guessing.''

    There's Quarterback A.J. Feeley, for example, who has played 10 quarters this season. Linebacker Eddie Moore, the 2003 second-round pick, is essentially in his rookie season after missing all of 2003 with an injury. Rookie offensive lineman Vernon Carey has started two games while starting right tackle John St. Clair has been out with a sprained ankle.

    There's also the issue of stalling development of what talent young players do have.

    Feeley shrugged, ``It's [Wannstedt's] decision. That's just the way it is. What it is is what it is.''

    But at this point in your career, how much good does being on the sidelines do?

    ''Anytime you're not playing, you can learn,'' Feeley said.

    Moore is parked on the depth chart behind Morlon Greenwood and Junior Seau. Greenwood will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Seau is a future Hall of Famer who still brings a strong game, but he's 35.

    ''There's no use in trying to change up and make drastic changes right now,'' Moore said. ``The ball just isn't rolling for us right now. Eventually, it will be.

    ''Eventually, my time will come,'' he said.


    Today's NFL trade deadline should bring minimal activity both with the Dolphins and around the NFL.

    Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman said through a team spokesman, ``A trade...
    -10-19-2004, 02:33 PM
  • bruce4life
    fins to release a few players...
    by bruce4life
    No deal for Dolphins' McIntosh
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    NO DEAL: Dolphins offensive lineman Damion McIntosh and the team have come to a standstill on contract talks and it appears more likely that McIntosh will not return to Miami next

    After initial conversations about a potential new contract failed to materialize, Dolphins left tackle Damion McIntosh now appears likely to join a growing list of significant players not expected to return to Miami's roster next season.

    McIntosh's agent said Monday it is more likely that his client will be available to other teams when free agency begins next week. The Dolphins have decided to explore other options for a tackle to compete with L.J. Shelton next season.

    ''After further discussions with the Dolphins, it appears unlikely that anything will happen prior to the start of free agency,'' said Brett Tessler, McIntosh's agent. ``When you consider the weak tackle market combined with the great season Damion had, I expect there to be solid interest elsewhere.''

    Last week, it became clear the Dolphins also had made preliminary plans to part ways with quarterback Joey Harrington and guard Seth McKinney, and defensive end Kevin Carter's fate remains in discussions.

    Those moves, which are likely by the week's end, have yet to be made. Unlike McIntosh, each of the other three players is still under contract.

    Though management still could decide to offer McIntosh a contract if other options fall through, it is clear they have other plans.

    That could mean giving the starting role to Shelton and feeling comfortable with Anthony Alabi as a backup. Or it could mean the Dolphins plan to scour the free agent market, which could result in overspending.

    The draft is another option, but Wisconsin's Joe Thomas -- who is expected to be a top-three pick -- might be the only option with top-10 potential.
    -02-27-2007, 06:04 PM
  • Rambos
    The Dolphins are expected to try to trade Dan Wilkinson again
    by Rambos
    The Dolphins are expected to try to trade Dan Wilkinson again if he decides he doesn't want to retire.
    The Dolphins haven't had contact with Wilkinson since he decided not to go for a physical to finalize a trade to Denver. Chase Page was assigned his old number and Wilkinson will probably end up being released.Source: Miami Herald
    -04-16-2007, 11:12 AM