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Friday, January 16, 2009
Dolphins free-agency dossier


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Compared to the other AFC East clubs, the Miami Dolphins don't have many free agents to worry about. But almost every one was a significant contributor to their 11-5 season last year, and most were starters.

Five of their seven unrestricted free agents accounted for 70 starts.

The other two are center Al Johnson, who joined the team in November and was a versatile reserve, and return specialist Tab Perry, who spent the season on injured reserve.

The Dolphins are about $25 million to $27 million under the salary cap.

Unrestricted (free to negotiate with other teams beginning Feb. 27)

Restricted (Dolphins have right to match offer from other team)

Exclusive rights (cannot negotiate with other teams if tendered qualifying offer)