Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Fins re-sign Ferguson despite suspension
By Tim Graham
For those who remain unconvinced that nose tackles are critical to a 3-4 defense, consider the Miami Dolphins' decision to re-sign Jason Ferguson.
He's up in years. He's recovering from a torn quadriceps.
And he happens to be suspended for the first eight games of the season.
Still, the Dolphins know a commodity when they see one, and they were compelled to bring Ferguson back. Ferguson will turn 36 in November and was suspended over the weekend for violating the NFL's police on performance-enhancing drugs again.
Dolphins football operations czar Bill Parcells and coach Tony Sparano must not have felt comfortable enough with Paul Soliai moving forward.
Ferguson's return probably doesn't settle the position for Miami. Logic dictates if Soliai was a satisfactory solution for the first eight games, he'd be fine for the whole season. Conversely, eight games is too long of a timeframe for Soliai to keep the position warm for Ferguson.
The Dolphins will need to add depth there, whether it be through free agency or the draft.
For those wondering, Ferguson's suspension doesn't begin until Week 1 of the regular season. He will be allowed to participate in team workouts, including minicamps, training camps and preseason games if he's healthy by then.
Once the suspension starts, however, Ferguson will be forbidden from attending practices and meetings and cannot step foot in the team's facility.