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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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Carlito... I'm not sure the whole "Drunks and Drug Addicts" thing does not apply to more than just NASCAR... How many DUI's were charged to NFL players this off season? Not to mention the NBA is the Poster sport for the Legalization of Marijuana.... I'm Not disagreeing with ya... just saying... that's all

SOILED,


I AM SORRY , FORGET EVERY THING , TELL US THE LATEST OF NJ THE PLUMBER ?

Dear Mr. Aloco

Is your 21 year old girl friend made out of ground beef, Breadcrumbs, egg, and seasonings ?

Soiled :)

Carlito, its "Bergen county".......

SOILED, MY GIRL FRIEND IS AMZING GIRL FROM COSTA RICA .YOU COULD BE HER GRAND FATHER .

Do you glaze her with marinara sauce and Mozzarella cheese????

CUBAN , ARE YOU MARRIED OR STILL WORKING IT OUT AS PRICEMASTER ?

Is shee a "FIVE DOLLAR FOOTLONG"?????

WELL , SOILED IS A FAN OF NSCAR RACE AND A TEA PARTY MEMBER AND A FARMER .

Thats a good one Aloco....

CODE 10 42

Ask Bill,

I know, I was just having fun... Nascar is not my thing...

I guess besides the whole height thing, I got alot in common with NBA players... :P

I HOPE WE KNOW WE ARE HAVING FUN .

ASK BILL,


ARE YOU A RED NECK ?

10 42 so early Alco?...

STUNNING WOMEN ON QVC .

Thaaaaats right aloco, and I'am also code 19.... your OK my friend.....

I WLL NOT REPEAT THAT CODE AGAIN , PROMISE .

Dear Mr. Aloco

I asked about Nascar being a true sport because that mother$%#&*%$ Jimmy Johnson has won a male athlete of the year award in 2009.

God Bless Jeff Gordon

Soiled :)

OK SOILED, I FORGIVE YOU .NOW TELL US THE LATEST ON THE PLUMBER NJ .

I thought Ricky Bobby was NASCAR man of the year.....

Nope... no redneck here. Not even trying to stick up for NASCAR... Was just giving Carlito grief... I can understand "EXACTLY" how you feel Carlito... :^D~

GOOD NIGHT TO ALL .

Or was it Cal Naughton Jr. That was NASCAR man of the year????Or was it Jean Girard???? Iam confused.....

Dear Mr. Salguero

If Nascar was like Football

Drivers are based just like football players

Football Player Timed in the 40... Nascar driver timed in the 40 but wearing a potatoe sack.

Football player does reps with 225 lbs wieght....Nascar Driver...how many cold ones he can throw back before he pukes.

Football Player takes the Wunderlich test.
Nascar driver....Aint no book lernin tests in nascar...hell yeah !

Well somthin like that.

Soiled :)

Soiled, My Girl friend took the "WUNDERLICH" test and scored high, unfortunately tests don't really mean much, on my "wonderlic" tests she scored a 5 out of 10, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.....

Soiled.... You are a person of "Great Wealth and Taste"... and have reaffirmed my belief in the future of humanity...

To all, have a pleasant evening.

"Ain't no book lernin tests in NASCAR"... that's friggin Rich.... Good night, Soiled... thanks for the perspective

Though I hear Price Master's "couch" Friend scored a 9 out of 10 on the "WONDER LICK"Test.... Not that there's anything wrong with that..

Cuban, maybe u wanna let Pricemaster take ur "wunder-lick" test...sounds like he would score better them just a 5

Nahhh bobby, The Cuban doesn't apply the Wonderlic tests unless Iam wide awake and with a female....lol, What kind of idiot would post something like he did?????Must have been 2 sheets to the wind is all I can think...

Yeah Pricemaster "Blew" me away with those posts of his.

I wonder if he regrets posting now ?

IDK Cuban, guy is different, that's for sure...well have a good night

You guys have a "PHINTASTIC" nite.....

Dear Mr. Salguero

Jimmy Johnson is leading the race.....again.

I'm starting to think that Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are in cohoots with Jimmy Johnson.

Prove me wrong Mr. Salguero

Soiled :)

Doing some Channel surfing and caught some Ron Burgandy. I had a thought that Anchorman sould be one of the top 5 comedies of all time.
5 Anchorman
4 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
3 Friday
2 The Blues Brothers
1 Airplane

Sould? meant could be.

Dear Mr. Darryl Dunphy

1 - Blazing Saddles

2 - The Jerk

3 - Office Space

4 - Young Frankenstien

5 - Orgasmo - South Park guys..before South Park


Soiled :)

I also like The Jerk

I would also like to vote for Coming to America

MARLINS WALKOFF!!!!!!!

draft a fs in the first then trade the 2nd for marshal on draft day the broncos wont resist and the rest go d then there you go primed for a run

There not gonna trade anything for Marshall, not even a can of spam...

Carlito, amazing game but if the Marlins don't get some decent bullpen relief, gonna be a long year...maybe we can trade Pinto for Marshall...both are worthless

Paulino is the man this year

You guys are hilarious! I read this shxt every day, and I would like to thank you for your insight. By the way, what the hell did pricemaster post? I missed thoses posts...

That was supposed to be those lol

WTF guys?

What did I miss today? More of the "Pricemaster Couch Diaries"

About Armandos article "JT should sign with the Jets".

1., It says " he should take the Jets offer now before it is gone". I don't think they're going to remove the offer within a couple of weeks if they want him that bad. If they did, there are other other teams out there that have interest in him right now. JT hates the Jets with a passion and only a true Miami player OR true Miami fan would understand how he could wait for Miami (or another team) and why he isn't jumping on the offer. Only a true Miami fan would understand that.

2. It says, "Some reactionary Dolphins fans undoubtedly would hate you. But most Dolphins fans will understand you simply want to go to work, and the Dolphins aren't offering a job right now".

Yes, I'm sure "most" Dolphins fans will cheer him on when he comes to Miami wearing a Jets uniform! LOL. It also left out the fact that he is still injured and is going to miss a good portion of the offseason traing program (meaning he can't go back to work for a while) which is going to put him at a higher risk for another injury. So the fact that the Dolphins aren't offering him a job right now doesn't matter considering he can't perform his duties. Just sayin'.

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