Maria & LauRen Aha!
- Sep 4, 2001
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I know we just won 41-6, but I just read this...at http://espn.go.com/nfl/columns/pasquarelli_len/1291502.html
Given the miserable condition of their ground game, the Miami Dolphins have turned more to the pass in recent weeks, and quarterback Jay Fiedler is averaging nearly six attempts more per game in the past month than he did previously. That said, the team isn't quite ready to commit yet to Fiedler as their quarterback for the future. There have been no substantive negotiations by the Dolphins for a contract extension with Fiedler. The team's starting signal-caller has reached enough predetermined performance benchmarks to void the 2002 season of his original contract with the team and become a free agent. But there is a catch: The Dolphins retain a right of first refusal, can match any offer to Fiedler, and are skeptical any team is going to pay him something that would make Miami really have to think hard. There will be some mid-level quarterbacks like Gus Frerotte and Trent Dilfer in the free agent market next spring, and the Dolphins coaches are still intrigued by Ray Lucas' athleticism. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey loves quarterbacks who have at least a little mobility. The upshot is that Fiedler probably will be back in Miami in 2002, but no one is in a hurry to get anything done right now, and the Dolphins are so pushed against the cap they wouldn't be able to make a proposal anyway. By the way, sources noted that Henry Taylor, the young defensive tackle signed this week by Miami, is in essence the subject of a one-week audition. If he doesn't show much by next week, the Dolphins probably will sign a veteran, either Tim Morabito or Tom Barndt, both of whom worked out in Miami this week.