- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Dolphins lost starting defensive end Phillip Merling for the season with an Achilles' injury so there is a need.
However, a source said the Dolphins have not contacted the Cowboys regarding Spears or any of their other defensive ends. Dolphins VP and former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells drafted Spears, Jason Hatcher and signed Stephen Bowen as a undrafted free agent. Spears thought he might get traded this offseason when the Cowboys offered him a tender contract that was lower than backups Hatcher ($1.759 million) and Bowen ($1.759 million).
Spears, who will make $1.226 million in 2010, said he wants to remain with the Cowboys long-term, but understands if the team wants to give someone else a chance to start at end. Hatcher is going to get more snaps this season and could challenge Spears for a starting spot.
The Cowboys could make a move here because there is a surplus of ends on the roster. The club is high on Marcus Dixon, who spent the last two years on the practice squad. Dixon is someone who will get a lot of opportunties to make the 53-man roster.
If the Cowboys do get contacted about Spears or another one of their ends, it will be interesting to see just what the offer will be.