In an expected move, the Dolphins placed a first round tender on running back Ronnie Brown today.
Brown’s tender is worth $3,969,239, which is 110 percent of his 2009 salary. If another team wishes to sign Brown and the Dolphins do not match the offer, Miami will receive that team’s first round draft pick.
The Dolphins and Brown had a mutual option for 2010 at $5 million dollars, which as the Miami Herald points out, Miami smartly chose not to exercise.
The Dolphins opted not to exercise the option for obvious reasons. They have a running back coming off a significant foot injury who is not yet able to run and cut at the start of free agency. Why would they elect to pay a $5 million contract when they can use the $3.97 million tender and save themselves approximately $1 million?
Given that he is coming off of an injury, Brown will almost certainly be back in a Dolphins’ uniform next season.
In addition to tendering Brown, the Dolphins also put a second round tender on tight end Anthony Fasano worth $1,176,000.