While the good news broke this morning that Brent Grimes has been re-signed to a multi-year deal, the news doesn’t appear as positive on other fronts. I reached out to David Canter (Paul Soliai’s agent) this morning, hoping that we’d get a double dose of good news regarding two of my personal favorite Dolphins players. Unfortunately, the exchange doesn’t lead to a lot of optimism in regards to a return for Paul Soliai.
While Soliai doesn’t always put up huge numbers on the stat sheet, he is an imposing presence in the middle who has improved his game and technique every season. The Dolphins have invested a lot in him as a player over the past seven years, and having Soliai offers the Dolphins the ability to creatively shift their defensive schemes in ways that they simply can’t without him in the lineup.
After reaching out to David, it appears that the Dolphins have met with him and/or Paul Soliai on at least three separate occasions with no contract offers being made to “Big Paul.” Hopefully, now that Grimes is locked up with a reported four year deal, and with the extra cap space the NFL has in play for all 32 teams, Miami can turn their focus to re-signing Soliai to a multi-year deal.
With the negotiation window for free agents from other teams opening officially on Friday, and Free Agency itself beginning a week from today, a deal needs to be put on the table sooner than later. Soliai accepted a team friendly deal in good faith last time, so the ball is in the Dolphins court to make a fair offer to him in order to retain his services. The hope here is that they do, but if not then we wish Big Paul the best. Whichever way that this falls, don’t expect Soliai to still be a free agent for very long after the window opens early next week.