Dolphins Free Agency 2012: Paul Soliai Expected To Return To Miami

Paul Soliai was a free agent for about 24 hours before deciding to return to the Dolphins.

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Dolphins Chances Of Landing Peyton Manning Are 'Dwindling'

Peyton Manning's free agency tour has included stops in Denver and Arizona, along with a meeting with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin and members of the Titans front office. It's unclear if there's a leader for the former Colts quarterback's services, but several reports indicate that if the Dolphins aren't already out of the race, then their chances of landing Manning are small and getting smaller.

Chris Mortensen reported on ESPN that the Titans, Broncos and Cardinals were still alive in the race for Manning; he didn't mention the Dolphins. ESPN colleague Adam Schefter characterized Miami's chances of landing Manning as "dwindling."

The Dolphins set up a visit with free agent QB Matt Flynn, which suggests they're considering other options. At one point, the Dolphins were believed to be the favorites, but things have changed considerably since then. Flynn is the next best option behind Manning but they do have competition for him, as he has visited the Seahawks.

For more on the Dolphins, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider.

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Free Agent Matt Flynn Plans Visit With Miami Dolphins

Free agent quarterback Matt Flynn isn't getting quite as much attention on the open market as some thought he would. Flynn, the former Green Bay Packers QB, has visited the Seattle Seahawks. According to ESPN, Flynn's next stop will be Miami, where the Dolphins hopes of landing Peyton Manning are "dwindling."

Flynn's former offensive coordinator in Green Bay, Joe Philbin, happens to be the Dolphins' new head coach. Philbin knows Flynn better than anyone, so he should have the best assessment of what the former LSU signal-caller can do for the franchise. Absent Manning, Flynn is the best available quarterback on the market. It's clear the Dolphins are intent on adding a quarterback, even if that's not Manning.

Flynn's only known suitors at this point are the Seahawks and Dolphins, with Seattle being his only visit. Pre-free agency speculation connected Flynn to the Cleveland Browns, but they were apparently never interested.

For more on Flynn and his next team, stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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Paul Soliai Expected To Return To Miami Dolphins, According To Report

The Miami Dolphins are nearing a deal to bring back nose tackle Paul Soliai, according to several reports. Soliai was the Dolphins franchise tag player last year and he hit free agency for about 24 hours before returning to the Dolphins.

He was reportedly scheduled to visit the Denver Broncos but, apparently, that didn't happen.

The Dolphins were interested in re-signing him all along and for good reason. Nose tackles are hard to come by in the NFL, which is why multiple teams were interested in Soliai in his short stint on the open market. He's 28 years old and stands 6'4" and 344 pounds.

Much of the talk around the Dolphins in free agency has surrounded Peyton Manning but this is a key signing for the team.

For more free agency updates, go to SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider.

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Brandon Marshall Traded To Chicago Bears, According To Report

The Dolphins have traded Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Bears in exchange for two third-round picks, according to a report.

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Dolphins Free Agency 2012: Miami Needs A New Quarterback

The Miami Dolphins were one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2011 until they began to turn things around late in the year. Unfortunately they have fallen pretty far behind the Patriots, Jets and Bills in the division and in order to catch back up they'll have to make some drastic moves. Obviously, the most drastic move that they need to make is to bring in a new quarterback.

When it comes to free agents likely to leave Miami, quarterback Chad Henne is an unrestricted free agent and considering that the Dolphins aren't likely to find a lot of success with Henne at the helm, they'll likely let him go somewhere that he can be a good backup. Nose tackle Paul Soliai is also a free agent and is unlikely to return to the team.

At quarterback, the Dolphins have made it very clear that they're interested in Peyton Manning. If Manning signs with elsewhere, the Dolphins may target Packers quarterback Matt Flynn, who new head coach Joe Philbin worked with in Green Bay. The Dolphins have some money to spend, but they may need to drop most, if not all of it, on a new quarterback.

For more free agency updates, go to SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider.

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NFL Free Agency: Chad Henne Drawing Interest From Jets

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne is slated to hit the open market on Tuesday March 13 at 4 p.m. ET at the start of NFL free agency and already has a couple of teams that are interested in his services as a backup quarterback. The New York Jets are expected to be one of the teams who will be interested in Henne's services, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

But the Jets will try to upgrade the No. 2 spot, with former Dolphins starter Chad Henne expected to be their top target. He already knows the offense, having played under coordinator Tony Sparano in Miami. Some league insiders believe Henne is ticketed for the Jets.

Cimini notes that with the recent extension of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, however, the Jets are not an ideal situation for a quarterback who's looking to compete, as Sanchez's salary is likely going to keep him on the football field for a little while.

For more on the Dolphins, visit SB Nation's The Phinsider. For more on the New York Jets visit Gang Green Nation.

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Dolphins Free Agency: Focusing On Peyton Manning, Not Matt Flynn

The Miami Dolphins are widely expected to add a quarterback this offseason, whether that's Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn or someone in the 2012 NFL draft. For now, the focus is on Manning and not Flynn, according to a report from Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.

As for the Dolphins, the team has yet to express remote interest in free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn so far, even though Flynn just finished playing for new Miami head coach Joe Philbin. A team source said that's because Ross has told general manager Jeff Ireland to put the full-court press on Manning.

Flynn isn't technically a free agent until March 13 but teams usually put out feelers ahead of time. Apparently that isn't happening with him. The Dolphins are widely viewed as one of the teams in the Manning pursuit, and Manning is obviously a better player than Flynn, so that makes sense.

Manning is in Miami but not to sign with the Dolphins. That's where he owns a home. The Dolphins are more than likely one of the dozen teams that have reportedly inquired about Manning.

For more on the Dolphins, visit SB Nation's The Phinsider. And for more on Manning, stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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Chad Henne Expected To Hit Free Agency

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne was picked by the team in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft in the hopes of developing into their franchise quarterback. The Dolphins are a team that has lacked any stability at the quarterback position since Dan Marino retired over a decade ago, and the hopes was Henne could be that guy.

Henne unfortunately never turned out to be that guy and is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Miami Dolphins are not expected to make an offer to retain Henne, according to a report by Omar Kelly of The Sun Sentinel.

The Miami Dolphins' 2008 second-round pick will become an unrestricted free agent on March 13, and league sources say the Dolphins won't be making the former University of Michigan standout an offer.

Part of the reason for the disinterest in Henne is the team's rumored interest in Peyton Manning if he hits free agency, free agent quarterback Matt Flynn, or even a first-round quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Henne is likely to find a team in free agency however, especially one looking for a back up quarterback who can still be developed into a potential spot starter.

For more on Chad Henne's situation, be sure to check out Dolphins blog The Phinsider.

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Free Agent Paul Soliai May Not Return To Dolphins

Dolphins nose tackle Paul Soliai could be looking for a big payday, and it might come from elsewhere.

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Dolphins Free Agency 2012: Chad Henne, Paul Soliai Among Unrestriced Free Agents

When the 2011 season began, it seemed like the Miami Dolphins were on the verge of an historically abysmal season. While the team managed to turn things around a bit, they still finished the year with a 6-10 record and a tie for last place in the AFC East.

There are plenty of things that the Dolphins will need to address in the offseason as they attempt to start a fresh chapter in 2012. First up is the issue of their impending free agents. Quarterback Chad Henne is one of their 11 players who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13, as well as nose tackle Paul Soliai, who played under a one-year franchise tag in 2011. Odds are that the Dolphins will not be willing to pony up again to re-apply the tag in 2012.

Here is the full list of impending Dolphins free agents, courtesy of Mac's Football Blog.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (2)

TE Jeron Mastrud
LB Austin Spitler

Restricted Free Agents (4)

RB Lex Hilliard
OT Lydon Murtha
DE Ryan Baker
DE Philip Merling

Unrestricted Free Agents (11)

QB Chad Henne
QB J.P. Losman
RB Steve Slaton
OT Vernon Carey
OT Marc Colombo
DE Kendall Langford
NT Paul Soliai
LB Ikaika Alama-Francis
LB Marvin Mitchell
LB Jason Taylor
CB Will Allen

For all news and information regarding the Miami Dolphins, please visit The Phinsider.

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