The last 24 hours in the life of the Miami Dolphins new right guard, more on that in a minute, was one of self-deliberation. The Dolphins asked him to take a paycut or be waived. Vernon Carey was supposed to make around 4.6 million this year, 16 mill over the next three, and carry almost a 7 million dollar cap hit in 2011. He was given Monday night off to contemplate what the Dolphins were asking him to do.
In the end, he accepted the Dolphins pay reduction to remain in Miami where he will continue his football career in the only city he has ever played for.
Suddenly, I have a lot of respect for the guy. A guy who over the last few years has taken a lot of verbal abuse from yours truly.
Carey not only is taking a pay cut but is also moving to a new position. Right guard. The Dolphins had a need for an RG and Carey had played the position before. He simply wan’t effective the last two seasons on the outside right and struggled holding blocks without help in the WC package. The move will allow Miami to use Carey in that hole, and use newly signed Marc Columbo to battle out for the starting RT spot.
The retention of Carey also means that the Dolphins brief flirtations with Shaun O’Hara and Leonard Davis are complete. The Dolphins have remade their offensive line and truth be told, I like Carey more at guard than I ever did at tackle.
For me however, the respect comes from a man who could have hit the free agent market and may or may not have made a little more than what his restructured deal will be, but the fact is he chose to take less to stay home. Very few athletes in modern sports can start their career in one city and finish it in the same city…let alone starting in that city from the first day of ever playing that sport as kid. Isn’t that right Lebron?
Ben Volin, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Dolphins’ beat writers, is reporting that the Dolphins have added UCLA lineman, Micah Kia. He was an undrafted rookie.