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Crowder's deal shows both sides moved

The agent for Channing Crowder, a good man named Joel Segal, was practically certain a few weeks ago his client was going to be playing elsewhere in 2009. He hadn't talked to the team in three weeks and the last time he had, he had turned down an offer that would have paid Crowder about $3.7 million per season, according to a source.

That was only slightly more than the team was paying Reggie Torbor on average. Torbor is a backup who signed a four-year deal worth $14 million last offseason.

It came as no surprise Segal turned down the offer as his client plays ahead of Torbor and was second on the Dolphins in tackles while Torbor plays primarily on special teams. Segal had no intentions of talking to the Dolphins again until the start of free agency.

Except that something happened on Crowder's path to unrestricted free agency. He legitimately wanted to stay and the Dolphins legitimately wanted to keep him -- perhaps understanding that Bart Scott is very likely going to return to Baltimore and not hit free agency.

So the sides got together again.

"We started talking again during the scouting Combine," Segal told me this afternoon.

One thing led to another and then another and by around 5 p.m. the sides agreed to a three-year deal. Segal declined to discuss the deal's worth as the Dolphins have sworn him to secrecy. But it's likely the deal is probably in the neighborhood of $4-$5 million per year over three years.

Torbor got $4 million in guaranteed money. Crowder almost certainly got more, perhaps $5 million, although that is an estimate.

"In talking to Channing, he made it very clear he was not interested in leaving the Dolphins,'' Segal told me. ``So now he is going to get his wish and stay with the team he wanted to be with.''

Crowder, meanwhile, is apparently quite happy with the deal, although he wishes it was a longer-term deal. 

The reason Crowder would have preferred a longer deal is it would have provided more money, particularly on the guaranteed end. The reason he's happy about the deal is the Dolphins moved toward him to get him signed.

The Dolphins don't feel like they overspent even though they improved their offers. But they don't get the long-term solution a five- or six-year deal might have offered. And, the Dolphins are not finished.

The team continues to talk with agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents both safeties Yeremiah Bell and Renaldo Hill. "Still talking on both players," Rosenhaus texted me earlier today. "Anything can happen between now and the start of free agency." 

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Coles gets $6M anyway from the Jets this year, reduced by the amount he makes somewhere else. He could technically sign for the minimum and still get the balance from NY. That would be great!

It's good to Crowder, he may not be a big name star but he works hard and i think he will shine now!!!
Let's get Bell, Jason Brown signed and then maybe pickup McFadden and possibly Dre Bly. In the draft we get and ILB, WR and possibly CB.

Let's go Phins!!!

I do not really like the move. I cannot give a solutions as to who I would want, but I know it is not Crowder. He is a soft player. I believe our number 1 player to sign back this off-season was Y Bell. If we do not sign him back, we have taken a step back. In my opinion he was the heart of our defense this year. I couldn't care less about Hill. I believe he sucks. I really want Bell and wouldn't mind having Goodman back as well. Goodman's style of play, reminds me of a young Sam Madison. He takes risk and can get burnt, but he does make plays.

Yeah, L. Coles was cut by the Jets yesterday. I could see Coles wanting to come to Miami! After all he did play at 1 or 2 seasons with the Tuna and would probably wanna be there w/both Tuna and Pennington. Pennington and Coles always were a dangerous pair and were definitely a MAJOR THORN in the Dolphins sides for many years. Coles has many games where he would get 100+ yds and/or catch multiple TD's against miami. And with Coles and Pennington's relationship its instant chemistry again! Coles being a Veteran Receiver would be able to help some of the younger guys along. But I would hate to see either Ginn, Camerillo, or Bess lose there positions just b/c of Coles coming to Miami. Its the old Hurry up and Wait game as they say in the Military.

As for Crowder...i wish Miami would have gone a different direction. Crowder was much better at playing @ OLB when miami was in the 4-3. Maybe consider moving him back to OLG opposite of Porter and try Roth at inside. I like Crowder he can be exciting to watch, but he just isn't fast enough to be playing in the middle in a 3-4 Def.

Now we can get a linebacker with some heart , a la 2nd patriots game. On our field u backed down to that patsie mankins,yea u CHANNING COWARD.

Kudos to Channing Crowder to think with his heart instead of solely the almighty dollar, and kudos to Parcells for reaching a reasonable compromise that both sides can be happy with.

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