Much of the free agent talk surrounding the Miami Dolphins this offseason has been centered on Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown. However, there is another free agent whose departure could be far more damaging to the team.
That would be mammoth nose tackle Paul Soliai.
He is a 355-lb. lineman who can really clog the toilet in the middle of the defense. He had an excellent second half in 2010 and he wants to cash in. The Dolphins would be wise not to let him get away, but a source close to Soliai tells Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald that the team has “zero” chance of retaining his services.
That’s a big problem. The crux of the 3-4 is having that big nose tackle that can control the middle. And finding 350+ pound dudes that can actually play is not an easy chore.
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However, Soliai was drafted in 2007 and this was his only really good year. So, we can understand the Dolphins being careful about breaking the bank on an over-sized human who could just spend all the money on cheesecake and completely go in the tank. We don’t know if you noticed or not, but fat people can be lazy.
Off the top of my head, the San Francisco 49ers could give Soliai’s phone a ringy ding if they don’t franchise Aubrayo Franklin. Regardless of who it is, there won’t be a shortage of teams looking for Soliai’s services, even if the dollar amount won’t be quite what he imagines.