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Why is Paul Soliai still unsigned?

First, I want to draw your attention to the fact today is September 11, 2011. It's the 10-year anniversary of the Islamic terrorists' attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93, which eventually went down in Pennsylvania. That day changed the world, and not for the better. Do not forget what happened that day. If we do not forget, perhaps we can keep it from happening again.

The NFL will hold rememberances at its various venues today. Flags are flying at half mast at all NFL stadiums.

On to football:

 I want to ask this simple question: Why is Paul Soliai still unsigned beyond 2011?

The Dolphins recently signed both Nate Garner and Tyrone Culver to one-year extensions that will keep them on the team next year. That's nice, tidy work. But why is the heavy lifting still not done?

Anyone?

There can only be two plausible reasons the Dolphins still haven't gotten a long-term deal done with their franchise player: One, they don't think he can be trusted with a long-term deal ... Or, two, they think Soliai is too expensive and think he'll eventualy lower his price or get someone just as good for less money.

On the first issue, I can sort of understand Miami's worries. As I wrote in my column in today's Miami Herald, Soliai did indeed act something of a fool that first couple of years of his career. I outline his foolishness. But as I also outline in the column, Soliai has taken significant steps and showed significant reasons to trust him now. He is, it seems to me, a changed individual who has grown up.

Do the Dolphins not see that?

The second reason the Dolphins might not have already signed Soliai is they have a significant disagreement with the player as to his worth. Keep in mind Soliai is making over $12 million guaranteed because he signed his franchise tag tender. That's a lot of money. And every penny of it is counting against the Miami salary cap this season.

Maybe that's not a big deal to the team now that player acquisition time is over, but the Dolphins could easily have done a multi-year contract with Soliai, saved themselved at least 30-40 percent off that cap hit this year and used the savings to chase other talent -- like say a tight end, perhaps Zach Miller if they'd been of that mind.

But noooo.

Soliai and the team not only haven't signed that cap space saving new deal, they don't seem to be in the same ballpark. Although details are not available, it seems clear Solia's camp wants to be paid $10-$12 million per season because, well, Soliai is making $12 million this year and if he remains unsigned he's going to get between $18-$20 million in signing bonus alone next year. So he's probably looking at this as averaging $15 million per year.

The Dolphins will never and should never pay Paul Soliai $15 million per season. But $9-$10 million per season? That seems right considering Vince Wilfork got an average of $8 million per year 18 months ago and Buffalo's Kyle Williams pretty much matched that in August.

One truth about NFL player contracts: The prices never go down. Soliai's price isn't going to get cheaper unless something terrible happens to him this season. And everyone should consider the Haloti Ngata contract with Baltimore is looming. That deal will probably blow all the numbers I just mentioned out of the water.

As I mentioned in the column, the sides have until Sept. 20 to get a deal done. That's the deadline. If no deal is done by then, the chances of Soliai heading to free agency next year increase dramatically.

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They'll get the deal done. Believe it. Everyone knows how valuable Soliai is. By the way, greetings and sincere best wishes to all in America on the anniversary of 9/11 - from all of your friends in Australia.

Armando understand that the people who perpetuated these attacks were NOT ISLAMS!!...educate yourself!

Armando, congrats on having the guts to call the islamic terrorist attacks what they were! Integrity is hard to get these days!

I could see not wanting to give a guy with a history of discpline and weight problems a ton of guaranteed money just because he decided to play hard during a contract year. Especially with the lockout - who knows what kind of shape he would be in now if he had his money before then.

If he starts well, lock him up, assuming the money isn't insane.

I couldn't agree more Mando. Paul is big enough and young enough to anchor our young dline 4 years.

He should be signed w/an incentive laden contract if the phins want to protect their interests.
And we'll never forget 9/11. We may want to investigate why we were attacked, as many of our freedoms have been surrendered & yet we seem to still be a target, so "they hate our freedoms" doesn't seem to be the reason.

Ah, good to see Islamophobia is alive and well...

That video you took down because of NFL rules is up on the SS. They have cajones.

Last Call Herald Mob,
We have the same free Yahoo office pool as last year. Some SS Mob there also. :)
For those that have already joined…THANKS MAN!

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You can even pick future weeks on the schedule in case your not around. Picks can always be edited as well up until 5min before each kickoff.
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See you Fanatics there.

Islamaphobia means fear of islam. There is no fear only disgust and anger at animals who flew planes into buildings! Put your race card away, its tired and not approriate today.

Or a third plausible reason - they want to see him play this year with that monster contract, and see how he performs.

If he underperforms, then later his price will be lower. If they sign a long-term contract now, then his price will be pretty high.

Hey FinSome

Last year of Henne's contract also.
Let's face it when the 2012 season opens Henne will be QB'ing the Raiders or Seahawks.

You look a little Muslim yourself Mando. Isn't' that what you meant by Islamic terrorists instead of calling them criminals?

Henne "could" surprise in Daboll's new non-prehistoric Offense. Add to that the new speedy offensive weapons and if Tony can ever decide on a starting 5 on the Oline, then Chad's Offense might become a Top 15 unit by mid-season.
Because of all the new faces & OC scheme, I think the Defense will have to carry the Phins early.

Go Nolan!
Go Henne!
Go Phins!

We suffer from no Fear here. Actually, we instill It in Others.

We suffer from no Fear here. Actually, we instill It in Others.

GetterDone,
Henne was 15th in yards and 16th in accuracy last season. Despite being pulled 80 times, 30 times in the redzone.
Do those qualify as a top-15?

Yessir.

Thankyou, CBS. Great Game.

How am I the one playing the race card when the second sentence of this post makes it sound like all the Muslims of the world decided to do it? Today is a day for respect and love, not the rehashing of tired prejudices. Peace to all, go Dolphins.

I watched the video again at the Sun Sentinal of Dabol talking about Henne. Dabol is talking him up big time. Super big time. So has Tony. Good.

Time to back it up.

After tomorrow, no more excuses. None. It is all on Henne's shoulders, do or die.

@GetterDone

Why is it only 5% of your Yahoo Fantasy league picked Miami to win on Monday?

I thought all these folks were Miami Homers? I guess being a homer doesn't make one a fool also.

OK, let's go on.

Marsha, actually Phin homers will usually pick Miami. It's what real fans do. That % you saw was probably for all of Yahoo Sports.
Remember the Phins owned the Pasties for many years. Be thankful and humble you've had a good run the past 10 years cause it won't last forever!
Watch out for the Phins D on Monday Nite. Marsha will get her skirt all dirty. But then the Refs will throw flags to keep her on the field.
Goodell Luvs him some Kraft Cheeze.

Well, les see what Pittsburgh has to offer.

@PriceMaster

Henne also had the following stats which you tried to ignore like no one would even check.

4th in INT's
24th in AVG
23rd in TD's
26th in QB Rating
25th longest play from scrimmage
21st in 20+
24th in 40+

Quit being a Henne Homer

God Bless all Americans everywhere.

Today, may God especially bless the victims of 9/11. Not only those who were MURDERED, but ALL the VICTIMS!


Pricemaster,
Yes, exactly! Henne was already of Top 15 type talent, but the rest of the Offense wasn't as a unit.
I'm still not totally sold on Henne, but I support the patience to give him one last shot under a different OC. Henning was archaic & too deliberate.
If the Oline can jell & Bush stay healthy & Gates contribute, then it could be an offense we haven't seen in sometime.

If our D returns another Top 6 effort mixed with a Top 15 by the Offense, that will get you in the playoffs more times than not!

God Bless America.

Does God favor one country over another? Would he choose one country over another to bless? That sounds human to me.

@PriceMaster @GetterDone Phins
Just in case you missed it the first time.

Henne also had the following stats which you tried to ignore like no one would even check.

4th in INT's
24th in AVG
23rd in TD's
26th in QB Rating
25th longest play from scrimmage
21st in 20+
24th in 40+

Quit being a Henne Homer


Nah GetterDone.

It was off your board. It was the board picks.

Pitt's Defense looks unsettled, out of position.


Does God favor one country over another? Would he choose one country over another to bless? That sounds human to me.

Posted by: Ago | September 11, 2011 at 01:17 PM


Troll, I've seen you post this response every time there's any type of disaster and someone offers a prayer. Update your "stick", this one sucked the first 10 times-LOL.

Besides, who said ANYTHING about favoring ANYONE? We're offering a prayer for "ours", you got a problem with that?

Broder, can Flacco throw that Ball.

It was only a question. If you don't have anything to say, don't respond.

Who is 'ours' in God's eyes? I see a world full of mostly good people. Borers only exist on maps. Nationalism is immature, petty and evil.

Borders

Lobos, did you read my post all the way thru?
You have no blame on the other parts of last years Offense?
You think Henning put Chad in favorable positions?
You think Aaron Rodgers would have the same stats being pulled constantly for the wildcat and told to run the draw on 3rd n long?
C'mon man, it's a team game. You know that.
Why do you think Marino didn't get a ring? No running game & lousy D.

This is Henne's last shot here. He's got new weapons, added speed, & a new more aggressive OC(supposedly, unless Fist Pump handcuffs him)...lol.

So it's sink or swim time for Chad. I will initially stand behind him. Give him the benefit of the doubt. True fan support.
If/when he blows it. Then off with his head.
I think regardless of how it turns out, I want to see Miami draft a 1st rd QB in 2012. Jones or Foles.

See, these timeouts allow me to get away from Commercials.

To My Dearest Dolfans.

It is with deep regret, and much chagrin, due to the economy, global warming, outsourcing, and of course HAARP, we are going out of business effective immediately.

There will be no more excuses manufactured.

None for Tony.
None for Henne.
None for Marshall.
None for Sean Smith.
None for Henning. (please note: he is LONG gone)

None. Factory closed.

Not quite yet, Ago.


It was only a question. If you don't have anything to say, don't respond.

Who is 'ours' in God's eyes? I see a world full of mostly good people. Borers only exist on maps. Nationalism is immature, petty and evil.

Posted by: Ago | September 11, 2011 at 01:26 PM

Ok then, it wasn't a LOADED question that you post everytime you get the chance-lol?

You did the same routine during the tsunami's, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc, etc.

Look, all I'm saying is work on some new material for the trolling routine. You've been using this same stick for almost three years.

No offense man, but your better than this. It's a brand new season, I expected better, much better.

Just saying....................

Armando, you write like a fan. This is not a compliment. I suggest continuing education at a reputable journalism school.

oscar

I have lived in 4 countries. There are bad people everywhere, but the vast majority of people just want peace, happiness, a good job and family.

Wow, hell of a block.

They've played well last season. Marshall & Smith don't need excuses. Could they upgrade their play this season, certainly, as could a whole bunch of NFL players across the league.
But I bet just about any of the 31 other teams would take them if they could!

Bro, the vast majority of People are not in Power.

I am swollen with pride as I view all these virile young gladiators on the field. How it reminds me of those halcyon days of yore aboard the great ship, as my seamen ran all over the deck.

To the poster at 1:38

You have me confused with someone else. The very first time I read this blog was a couple of months back.

Please take your aggressions out on someone else.

Colts taking it on the chin bigtime...ouchy!
Even with Manning I didn't think they'd be as good this year as in the past.


To the poster at 1:38

You have me confused with someone else. The very first time I read this blog was a couple of months back.

Please take your aggressions out on someone else.

Posted by: Ago | September 11, 2011 at 01:42 PM


Sorry, my bad.

OK then, wink, wink, listen up everybody "AGO" is not the same troll that has repeatedly posted this exact same routine here for the past two years.....................ROTFLMAO.

Awwwwwwwwww SHUCKS ;)

They are killing that L-side of Ravens D-line.

The Bucs have 4 total yards and a 10 - 6 lead!

Huh?

The Lions look like the BEST hapless team in the league!

You are delusional. I'd say take a pill but sounds like you've already taken many.

Either way, why get so bent over a question? Afraid to think about it? Nobody else has gotten bent.

I've learned to ignore many of the posts here, as I will now do with the rest of yours.

Al-Ago,

I apologized, what do you want-SHEESH ;)

Ago,
Are you also FinSome?

The difference between Flacco and Henne? Poise. Accuracy. I want to see Henne look like Flacco starting game 1, or at least heading in that direction.

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