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Deadline approaching for Miami RFAs

On the day after the 2009 season ended, I spent a few minutes chatting with Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano about the coming offseason. At the time, Fasano was still optimistic the NFL and the NFL Players Association would resolve their labor differences and somehow avoid an uncapped year.

"I''m still optimistic," Fasano said at the time, a big grin on his face. "I have no choice."

He had no choice because Fasano recognized an uncapped year would thrust him into a contract limbo of sorts. As a veteran with four accrued seasons, Fasano would have ordinarily been eligible for unrestricted free agency this offseason.

But the uncapped year raised the requirements necessary to become a free agent to six seasons. So Fasano is a restricted free agent.

That means no movement for him or Miami's other two restricted free agents -- Ronnie Brown and Quentin Moses.

That will become official Thursday (April 15) when the the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets with new teams passes. I can almost guarantee you Miami's restricted free agents will not sign with other teams.

We are only a couple of weeks from the April 22 draft and at this stage, most teams are hording draft picks rather than planning to give them up. So it is very unlikely anyone will give up a first-round pick for Brown, or a second-round pick for Fasano or a third-round selection for Moses -- the respective compensation levels the Dolphins placed on each player.

Thursday will likely come and all three players will be tied to the Dolphins despite not having contracts. None of the three has signed their restricted free agent tenders yet, either. That could change soon as it makes sense for the players to lock something up. A total of 73 restricted free agents have already signed their tenders around the league.

The tender for Brown pays $3,969,239, which is 110 percent of his 2009 base salary. The tender for Fasano pays $1,759,000. The tender for Moses pays $1,101,000.

Of course, all can still sign long-term deals but I don't think that's prudent for the Dolphins to offer right now. Brown is coming off another significant injury so why would Miami commit to him long-term without seeing how he's recovered. Moses isn't assured of making the team, and Fasano followed one good season with an off year in 2009. So it seems wise to hold off on making a long-term commitment to any of these guys, particularly with the labor rules being so murky beyond this year.

One more thing: Many of you have run to and fro on this blog with trade rumors, particularly for Brown. A player cannot be traded unless he has signed his tender.

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Dr. Frank Jobe, that's who does the surgery on ballplayers

Fasano is not in his natural TE position...I would like to see him move back to where he was before David Martin got injured

My God, What part of the team lost the last 3 games and also lost the Indy and New Orleans game??????? Buy a Clue people.... also they cut loose Joey(IQ of a shoe size)Porter, Gibril(The Reggie Bush highlight reel)Wilson and Adoylo, And there about to lose Jason(Twinkle toes)Taylor... what part of this equation don't you people understand????

CJ Spiller reminds me of James Averey. Anyone remembers how that worked out for the franchise. Lets hope history dosen't repeat itself.

PFT reporting a "Pro Bowl Running Back" is on the trading block...Lots of guessing but I would put Ronnie on that list, even though I don't think u get much for him due to injury factor, BUT the Dolphins putting it out there last week they have 4 RBs but only want to carry 3 makes me think

The Fins really need to draft a playmaker ie Dez Bryant.....

Yeah... I remember James (-2 yards and a cloud of dust) Avery... I was trying to forget that entire 4 year period after Shula was ran out. As far as the Defense goes Cuban Menace.... I'm with you... the defense is the prime culprit, Miami scored points just fine last year... they just could not stop others from scoring more of them. I am also starting to become a Big Tyrone Culver fan... he needs some depth behind him but he may just be our guy.

Cuban, "love you bro" but I think you will lose that bet we take defense in our first four picks..Defense is a priority but I believe we will see a TE or WR in the second or forth round

By the way Cuban, I went to Opening Night down here to watch the Fish get beat by LA...but the beer was cold and the women were beautiful so I had a great time!!!

If Dez is at #12... I cannot imagine in a 1000 years that he will get past Parcells... regardless of what he has done before. You simply must take the best player on the board... it common football sense. Doesn't make that big of a difference to me... but I believe this to be true. I know how important the defense is... But if he leaves that guy there and he turns out to be a Prime NFL talent... it will be an even bigger then "Drew Breese" F**K Up!

u think culver is fast enough?any idea what his 40 time was?i always thought of him as a ss.i know clemens ran like a 4.4 last year.i like culver's ball skills.not so much his coverage.

Ask Bill, I said the same thing about Clemmons, I'm not getting why the Fins feel neither are ready but they know more then us

Read today Denver is desperately trying to trade down from 11, and there is a good chance that Brandon Marshall stays in Denver

Bobby, had the same experance up here in N.Y, they lost the opener but the beer was cold and the women were hot, and by the way its the 1st 3 picks, I think your in for $5 if iam not mistaken....

Cuban, ur mistaken, LOL I didn't get into that bet, but I'm heading up that way in July so I'll buy u a beer if in fact that happens

Dear Mr. Salguero

Please excuse me if my post is a little slurred...I just took some lude's (lemon/714's) and some Pickles (Plasadills).

Is there any way we could trade Pat White and Ted Ginn for say..a 3rd and 4th rounders.

Pulled over on the side of the road waiting waiting for the drugs to wear off.

Soiled :)

how about this we trade down to like 14 or17 and pick up an extra 2nd & 5th.?you like that?
than draft:
1.dez bryant/wr
2.l.joseph/nt
2.j.hughes/olb
3.j.worilds/olb
4.m.wright/fs
5.d.dickerson/te< 6.a.moats/olb
6.c.butler/cb
6.d.butler/Ilb
7.d.gettis/wr
7.k.matthews/c< 7.k.toston/rb???
love this one!

Bobby... its all about freaking perception. If I have any one gripe with our management, its how everyone must fit their "Profile"... I believe Zack Thomas and a few other greats have blown that perceived notion to shambles. When we took Clemmons I was stoked because of his level of play in College. Not certain of the 40 time J-precise... but you can take a look at some of Culvers work from last season on You Tube... he was very disruptive against some damn good teams.

Yo Cuban, what will you do with all that loot, if you are to win our bet? 5 dollars, that's a lot of money these days!

Cuban,

You get your direct deposits from Mando yet?

i'm sure culver will be in the mix.unless which won't happen berry falls to us?or we sign sharper or atogwe.

Bobby, hope to see you in the city so great they named it twice, Carlito, No, not yet, mando is holding back past residual checks, Darryl, five dollars doesnt buy much in the city, though if you go to the Philippines it could buy you what the mighty air breathers are looking for"younger,faster,and cheaper" but thats a different blog I guess.....

I really like Clemons, I hope he has a big training camp...

Soiled.... If you are going to get it done right... then you must also add the Dilaudid (Footballs) to the soup. It is after all the drug of choice for drivers over 60 with bad backs everywhere.

I wonder What Pricemasters doing, or what his name is????

Dear Mr. Menace

"I wonder What Pricemasters doing"

Probly sleepin on some ones couch with one eye open.

Soiled :)

Carlito... They gotta know its time to step up. I wouldn't want it any other way then for me to have my own destiny in my own hands. G. Wilson placed them on the Back burner last year... this year Clemmons and Culver are up front and center... I also hope they do well.. I like both players.

His posts were EXTREMELY GAY,right????(Not that theres anything wrong with that right???)I mean was it only me???

Cuban Menace,

Pricemaster, beats to a different drum. please don't try to figure him out. What about that tight end ( Rob Gronkowski )?

Probly sleepin on some ones couch with one eye open

Which eye????

Safety is not a position that is usually taken high in the draft, even though Berry is a top 5 talent, many GM's have said they would be hesitant to take any safety in the top 5... The Tuna has never taken a safety in the first round and he might not this year either... I am a big fan of Eric Berry and I like Earl Thomas alot, but I think that the Dolphins might get their Safety in rounds 2-4.

More then Likely "The one Trouser snake" I'am sure.....

That should have said"The one eyed trouser snake"

Dear Mr. Menace

Pricemaster is laying on a couch naked with a fishing rod with a piece of "Quiche"(I hear Gay fella's love the stuff) as bate.

He casts out the Quiche and slowly reels it back in over and over.

Soiled :)

LOL At Mr.Bottom...

Dear Mr. Salguero

I like the Dolphins.
They are really really good.
One day I wanna be a dolphin.
(Football talk)

Soiled :)

Pricemaster taking mustache rides in key west right now

trade ronnie brown for a second, trade justin smiley and greg camarillo for a 3rd! then trade down a few spots and get an extra second.

Draft Derrick Morgan with the 1st, trade back into the late first round and grab golden tate who will be much better than dez bryant.

I know i know it will never happen

Soiled,reverse Evolution says you might just get your wish..............

Profound football wisdom Mr. Bottom... Profound and accessible wisdom.

in life we love and we make love .

3 run HR for Gabby Sanchez! Way to go kid....

I'm Staying With This one, Dan Williams with the 12th pick. Soon we will find out. Just Saying.

and we still love maria , my girl from costa RICA .

Aloco,

Everyday you should have a movie of the day. What it is today?

COSTA RICA IS A LITTLE PLACE PRODUCES THE BEST IN EVERY THING,COFFE,FOOD,AND WOMEN .

Aloco,

Did Maria ever work at Marlin Bar or Hotel Del Rey? If so I know some people who know her real good.

THE ZANY ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD ......PLAYING ON NBC+

Dear Mr. Salguero

Currently I am watching the Nascar race on FOX.
Is Nascar racing a real sport or is more like competative entertainment....Like wrestling ?

Just wondering

Soiled :)

my girl friend never worked a day IN HER LIFE,SHE'S 21 YEARS OLD AND I LIKE IT THIS WAY .

Nascar is a game for farmers, drunks, and meth addict, not a sport

You know she from Hotel Del Rey the brothel

NASCAR IS A CRASH WATING TO HAPPEN .IT'S SOME THING FOR THE IDIOTS TO LOOK AT , GO ROUND AND ROUND .

Aloco,How do you support a 21 year old on your Sub-Way salary?????Is she a Illegal immigrant or something????

Dear Mr. Carlito from Golfito

My friend Jeremy Mayfield says your a big fat liar and when all his charges are dropped he would like an apology.

Soiled :)

CARLITO.,ARE YOU SAYING SOILED IS ONE OF THESE PEOPLE ?

Soiled,

Tell him when he stops doing meth with his step mom who he says killed his daddy, I will gladly apologize.. :P

CUBAN, MY GIRL FRIEND GOT SUPPORT FROM HER DAD AND I DON'T WANT HER TO GO OUT THERE IN THE WORLD TO WORK AND COME HOME TELLING ME STORIES ABOUT DONKEYS .

Aloco,

No Mr. Soiled Bottom is a model blog citizen and I enjoy his episodes of "Plumbers of something something County"

SOILED, ARE YOU A FARMER AS CARLITO IS SAYING ? IF SO WHAT KIND OF A FARMER ARE YOU ,CORN ?

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