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RFA tenders for Dolphins are out of the bag

Only two days to the opening of unrestricted free agency and the Dolphins are bracing for March 5 by getting some financial work done.

The club has tendered all three of its restricted free agents -- Anthony Fasano, Ronnie Brown and Quentin Moses.

The Herald's Jeff Darlington is reporting Fasano has been tendered a contract at $1,176,000. That means the Dolphins have the right of first refusal plus the right to a pick in the player's original round should Fasano sign with another team and Miami not match the offer.

Fasano was originally drafted in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys so any team signing him would have to give the Dolphins a second-round pick for him or negotiate a trade at a lower draft compensation.

Here's an interesting tidbit that Fasano must be steaming about today: The tender for second-round compensation is $1,759,000. But because Fasano was drafted in the second round, the Dolphins simply used the lower original round tender of $1,176,000.

Miami saves itself $600,000 and still gets the same compensation should they opt not to match another team's offer for Fasano. And while that is a savings for the team, Fasano is out $600 large.

The Dolphins have tendered Brown at 110 percent of his 2009 salary. The tender is worth $3,969,239 and the Dolphins would be due a first-round pick if another team signs Brown and they don't match.

For the sake of clarification, you might remember that Brown told The Miami Herald he had an option year for 2010 and would be under contract at $5 million if there was no cap. That was true assuming both he and the Dolphins exercised the option.

The Dolphins opted not to exercise the option for obvious reasons. They have a running back coming off a significant foot injury who is not yet able to run and cut at the start of free agency. Why would they elect to pay a $5 million contract when they can use the $3.97 million tender and save themselves approximately $1 million?

Moreover, it is unlikely any team would be willing to give up a first round pick for Brown given his current condition. And, in the unlikely case some team might give up such a high pick, that would leave the Dolphins in the enviable position of either keeping Brown by matching the offer or getting a first-round pick for him.

Bottom line? Ronnie Brown will almost definitely be with Miami in 2010.

The Salguero bottom line on both tenders? Great job by the Dolphins. They didn't overpay for either tender when a more antsy organization might have overpaid. Excellent work.

The Dolphins have only one other restricted free agent -- linebacker Quentin Moses. He has three accrued seasons. We're working on finding out what the deal is with him. Assuming the Dolphins tender him, it will be for $1,101,000 which will give Miami original round draft compensation. Moses was picked in the third round of the 2007 draft by Oakland.

[Update: I have confirmed the Dolphins tendered Moses at the original draft round tender -- $1,101,000.]

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Got a framed picture of it that reads "Home of champions 1937-2007"

good night,TN,Cuban,Willie.Theres no chice i must fight.I'm going to bed.

Aloha ahiahi, Mosi

How many of u were at the jaguar game with me?

ahiahi, cuban menace.My dad came to me said come look what cm said.he likes you cm. I'm tired good night.

Cuban, you may be right. I thought it was started in '37 and completed in'38. But in any case the Burdines did a lot for Miami. 1st skyscraper and 1st parking garage. I really hated to see Macy buy out Burdines. It was the Florida store.

A man of great Intelligence apparently...

Coco, I remember when they had the Youth fair at K-Land, Kendall drive was a two lane road from 97ave to 117th ave and a dirt road from 117th on, there were a lot of strawberry fields back then, its totally different now though....

Good night Mosi? It's not even 3:00 P.M. in Hawaii...still early afternoon...

My SON IS SICK YOU FOOL.I Don't care what time it is.I told him to go to bed and i said to him GOOD NIGHT NO MORE COMPUTER.thats my he said good night.Ilove my son,stop attacking him

Menau,Father to Mosi.

Do you guys think that this is the last year of the rebuilding project? I hope it is, it is year 3 already. Maybe this is the year the players that Parcells drafted comes thru and show why the "tuna" drafted them. Now all they need to do is find a few more players in this years draft and i think we will be set for the next 7-10 years.

Damn, somebody just got told off in da blog room...

I would not be so sure that the Dolphins wouldn't want a team say like the Chargers to pony up for R. Brown. Brown has alot of miles on his body for a 28 year old...and he has had two injuries so far, but he is a very good running back and still only 28. The Chargers may think that Brown is worth the 28th pick and lets all remember that the Chargers headcoach loves to run. When you consider what the Chargers may be able to acquire with that 28th pick in the draft as far as running back goes, R. Brown just has to look a better deal for them.

CavalierKong, isn't it 3:00 pm in Hawaii??? That was beautiful bro LMAO!!!

All tenders were expected, it was the right thing to do for the team. If someone wants Ronnie they will have to give up a 1rder a fair price for a injured star RB.

Wow, how the blog gets way off topic amazes me sometimes. I pray for Mosi either way and hope things are on the up and up. I agree that this draft needs to be right on and that they are the players that we NEED and not hope on! I understand that all players have the potencial to improve and develop however, some have been a reach or work in progress. (Pat White, Ginn a few ol & Dl and dont forget Turner). I hope the we go the right thing in FA (Dansby and a vet Wr Bryant or Boldin in a trade of players or no higher than a third round draft choice.)

If someone does take him we will have the option to get Spiller the best RB coming out of the draft this yr with the #12 pick. It is going to be a fun FA and draft because we have so much trade bait and alot of good players in FA.

Perfect. Especially for Brown. No way anyone is giving up a first with him injured. So we keep him and at a good price. Someone would have snatched him away from us and paid big money to do it. Not good for Ronnie but the fans are happy. Sounds like the front office got all of them right. I hope Fasano can come back. He was great two years ago.

I agree fishypete, I thought the same thing about SD, I think we need to start grooming a young running back now regardless because Ricky is retiring and Ronnie's injuries and starting to age, well in NFL RB years he is.

I agree sean, this is the year, especially if we can get Dansby, the Wr issue and/or a Fs before the draft. This will allow us have more flexability and to be more specific during the draft.

Hey dudes,You know i love talking dolphins with you guys.But this (MOSI) thing.WOW,B-12 your jerk on this one.He is (MOSI) nothing like these other clowns.Stop bringing this kid down.It makes YOU look like a little child.Sorry B-12 it does.lol for mosi.

San Diego is going to attempt to resign Sproles just like Arizona is going to attempt to resign Rolle, if a deal hasn't already been worked out...Rolle's agent said he was "favorable" to such a deal and Sproles and San Diego have been awfully quiet...These two teams are looking to get out of paying big roster bonuses, that's it...These deals might have already been "done" before these players were even released, we will see soon

bobby12, what makes me mosi and all these people ? i thought you are a smart donkey ?

Mike if ur buying this Mosi thing I have some nice land here in Florida to sell u LMAO...Let's make up a Hawaiin name, I'm a football fan uh Mosi Tatupo from the Pats, yea MOSI and really quickly I need a Dads name, Menau, sounds good...unfortunatly Hawaii names all mean something, and unfortunately MENAU means nothing, as in it's NOT even a Hawaiin name!!! But it is a Spanish name in it's origins...so Mike, if UR real, now I'm doubting cause u might also be one of Paul's associates/many me's the other question remains, how did Mosi know about "many me's" when he has only been here one week when "many me's" was talked about over 5 weeks ago???LMAO

is it 3.00 pm in hawaii cavakong ? so what ?


Mosi is Aloco who is gopats who is many me and formerly luggi from costa rica (tarnishing the name of my great nation).

Don't listen to NJ here though, Cuban is not Many me. NJ was claiming that I was cuban menace for months because sometimes I disagree. It took Armando confirming that I am not Cuban Menace several times for NJ to believe this.

NJ is a good guy but he is not as good with impostors as he is with the draft ;)

ALoco, bro I am a HUGE Howard Stern Fan, I get it, and it's funny as shyt what ur doing, lots of effort goes into it, please don't disappoint me by taking me as stupid though...I'll let you continue on without saying anything while you continue "victimizing" others...Funny as shyt bro, enjoy the game!!

carlito, i bet you 1000 dollars vs 1 dollar from you if armando confirm that i am MOSI .GOOD .,ARE YOU ON ?


This is a stupid bet to make because you never have 1000 dollars in your life





some on called me ?

Carlito, problem is I went back to some other blogs and NJ is right about the whole " cast of characters" showing up everytime Cuban showed up, so it's a strange coincidence... like I said though, I don't care, I'm getting a lot of laughs out of it


I don't eat meatball sub. The body is temple

me too, it's only a blog carlito from mexico . just have a good time .


Maybe someone trying to make it look like its cuban. Think about it, that make it funnier in the mind of a mad man

you guys are crazy .good night .

Night "many me's" LOL and tuck everyone in, Capt Ace, Mosi, Po Black and the rest of the cast...like he said Carlito, it's just a blog, have fun with it

why i feel some talking to himself ?

I know NJ is following this and shaking his head

i will admit it , iam all these people bobby12 .ow let's go back to footbal.

Deal ALoco

Your Mom and Dad are Rotten parents Bobby-12.Just look at yourself in the mirror.You write like a child say things to a kid with MS that you and i hope we never get.Its to late for him.And then you attack his father.Your parents suck and so do you.Everybody take time out and read what MOSI said about Bobby-12 its all true.He has ran this poor kid in the dirt.

Sorry b12 but you are SLIME.


is a slime ball like carlito from mexico.

Great Post, Joe.

great post carlito from mexico

Geez free agency can't start fast enough - this is like looney tunes here

You now fellas i used to like him (B-12).Now i can't stand him.I hope he leaves this BLog.I really do.Because for some reason (Mosi) likes to tune in here.And I think that is cool.I've been following this thing for awile.The kid is 15 years old he is the only child.Fighting MS.And B-12 cuts into this kid. Why?

I will get back to football i promise.On 3-5-10 LATER.

I really hope that it's truthful with mosi - because if that's someone playing a joke than they are going to have a higher power to answer to

My God. Quentin Moses made over a million dollars last year for six tackles and a sack! Damn!!!!!

LMFAO !!! Unbelievable !! Bobbyd12 . I'am shaking my head.

Mike Lombardi of NFLN expects the Dolphins to go hard after Dansby with the biggest competition bring the Giants and the Redskins - 2 deep pocket teams. Looks like Larry Foote it is.

How about a 4th and Camarillo for Boldin?

Bobby12, I'm done. Theres no way this kid could lie.Not like that.When does this kid chime in?That poor,poor young man.Don't be apart of what bobbie did to this kid.
Show luv to this kid.

Who knows if Mosi is
reading this.

Read on profootballtalk.com that the Cards want a 3rd for Boldin. Um...shouldn't the Dolphins jump at this?!?!?!

Rich, No only 4th Round.This guy is trouble.

Trade one of our 6th rounders, mosi, menau, mike and aloco for Bolden

I'm glad they gave Fasano a minor $600K screwing.....payback for his abysmal ATL performance, which set the (bad) tone for the first half of the season

All these guys are overpaid boys....millions for the odd tackle and spoil..give me a break.!!...Pay the QB and a few others who make the game...WR is hard as is RB...bujt some of these defensive guys are paid surgeons wages for scratching their lazy butts...TORBOR,WILSON,AYEDOLE,ALLEN,....and the list goes on...frikkin joke really..

Boldin for a 3rd
Then Graham, Spoon, Cam Thomas, Dem Thomas, the rest are projects

Alfy from..Ozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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