Surprise! Dolphins keep Paul Soliai

March, 14, 2012
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The Miami Dolphins are full of surprises in the first week of free agency.

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One day after trading Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall, Miami retained another Pro Bowler -- defensive tackle Paul Soliai -- with a two-year, $12 million contract. It's an affordable contract for a quality player.

Many thought Soliai was all but gone after Miami failed to reach a long-term agreement with him for the past year. The Dolphins gave Soliai the franchise tag last year but weren't going that route again this offseason.

Soliai was on the open market for about 24 hours before Miami reached an agreement. He is the team's best run stuffer and will be the anchor in the middle of Miami's revamped defense. New Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has not confirmed if they will run a 4-3 or 3-4 defense next season.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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