The Miami Dolphins wasted zero time of the free agent period by signing Justin Smiley to a 5 year 25 million dollar contract with 9 million in guarantees. Smiley was plucked off the market within 1 hour of the midnight start to the market opening.
Smiley a 26 year old guard from SF is considered a roadgrader type of ball player who plays with a nast streak. Drafted in 2004 in round 2, Smiley is coming off his first rookie contract. He is exactly the type of player that the Dolphins will be targeting this free agency.
Smiley started 9 games in his rookie campaign and played in all 16 games. In 2005 he started in all 16 games at RG. In 2006 he started all 16 games but was moved to LG. Smiely started the first 8 games last year but seperated his shoulder in week 9 and was place on IR after suregery.
This is the first offseason signing for the new Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland, and Tony Sparano regime.
Ernest Wilford is expected to sign later today per a Jacksonville radio station.