Retired FinHeaven Staff
- Aug 13, 2003
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- 120 mi west of Costa Rica
McMichael received the highest total on the 2004 Dolphins roster in performance-based pay, which is money awarded from an NFL pool to players based on a comparison of playing time to salary.
Setting franchise single-season records for catches (73) and receiving yards (791) for a tight end helped McMichael earn a $107,599 bonus in addition to his $380,000 base salary, according to statistics acquired from the NFL Players Association. McMichael's reception total also triggered a $25,000 escalator clause for 2005 that boosts his base salary to $480,000.
Dolphins coach Nick Saban said last week that the team wanted to complete a long-term extension for McMichael before he could become a free agent in 2006.
The Dolphins could gain additional salary-cap space if they trade cornerback Patrick Surtain, who counts $8.4 million against the Dolphins' 2005 cap of $85.5 million. The Dolphins and Kansas City are discussing a trade involving Surtain but are at a stalemate regarding compensation.
If the Dolphins can't reach an agreement on extending McMichael's contract, the team could designate him its franchise player. That would greatly diminish McMichael's attractiveness in free agency.
:laughat:Bill GramaticaKicker Bill Gramatica, who appeared in only one game, earned the lowest amount of performance-based pay at $952. Wait and see on WR Lee
The Dolphins met with free-agent wide receiver Charles Lee earlier this week but a signing is unlikely before the draft April 23. A source said the Dolphins might be waiting before adding another receiver to their roster because the team is strongly considering selecting Michigan's Braylon Edwards with the No. 2 pick.