The Miami Dolphins have begun talking with at least one of their prospective free agents, right guard Rex Hadnot. The Dolphins, according to the Miami Herald, have spoken with his agent and informed him they would like to keep him. So far, it appears the two sides are very different on their estimation of his value.
With the past two years showing a major climb in offensive lineman salaries, Hadnot could be interested in testing the free agent market where he may be able to get a good indication of his overall value. At least one analyst for ESPN said that Hadnot will not get the kind of money that others have received.
Among possible offensive lineman available in free agency, Pittsburgh’s’ Alan Faneca will lead a short list, followed by Colts’ guard Jake Scott, and then Ryan Lilja. Again, according to the Herald.
With Marty Booker likely to be cut, the Dolphins need at least two receivers. A decent free agent pool includes Chicago’s Bernard Berrian, Dallas’ Patrick Crayton, Arizona’s Bryant Johnson, Oakland’s Jerry Porter, New England’s Jabar Gaffney, Tennessee’s Justin Gage, Seattle’s D.J. Hackett, and Carolina’s Drew Carter and Keary Colbert. (Miami Herald)
Though Martin (David) is cheap (due $730,000 in ’08), the Dolphins likely will try to upgrade. A decent free agent list is topped by the Colts’ Dallas Clark and Philadelphia’s L.J. Smith. The top draft prospects: USC’s Fred Davis, Notre Dame’s John Carlson, Purdue’s Dustin Keller and potentially Texas A&M junior Martellus Bennett.
Ricky Williams: The Dolphins told Williams to stay in Miami for his five-plus months of rehabilitation from his pectoral injury, but ”that’s as far as they’ve gone” in a commitment, agent Leigh Steinberg said.
Zach Thomas said at Tuesday’s Dolphins Touchdown Club luncheon that his wife wants him to retire, but he’s planning to play next season. ”I’m happy here,” he said.
Derek Hagan: The second-year receiver will return, but the issue is whether Miami can project him as a 2008 starter — something the Dolphins envisioned when they traded Chris Chambers. He had his best game Sunday (8 catches, 93 yards) but also has 11 career drops. ”It’s a reach to project him as a starter” in ’08, according to ex-Browns scout Matt Williamson.
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