Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Dolphins Re-Sign Holliday
The Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have reached an agreement with DT Vonnie Holliday on a four-year, $20 million deal. This move prevents Holliday from becoming a free agent on March 2. The contract includes $10 million in bonus money, and Holliday will earn $7 million in base salary and bonuses in the first season. This deal puts Holliday in the top-ten highest-paid defensive tackles in the league.
He finished fourth on the team in tackles with 66 and most impressively notched 7 sacks. Jason Taylor praised Holliday for being an integral part in helping him win the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Holliday entered the league in 1998 as a first-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers. Since signing with Miami in 2005, he has played in all 32 games, recording 122 tackles and 12 sacks.
As I wrote about yesterday, this was a tremendous move since Miami prevented Holliday from entering the free agent market, where his price probably would have been significantly higher than what Miami paid. This signing solidifies a position of need going into free agency. While he may seem old at 31 years of age, he still has several good years left in him.
In other DT tackle news, Manny Wright's father stated that his son fully intends to report to offseason workouts with the Dolphins. This is good news, and it will be interesting to see how he readjusts to life in the NFL and if he meshes better with Cameron than he did with Nick Saban.
Also, Keith Traylor has committed himself to playing another year in the NFL. He will be a free agent come March 2, but he has spoken with the Dolphins. It seems that if he has committed himself to coming back for one more year then Miami has probably expressed some interest in bringing him back. He would be a great addition to the DT rotation, as he is a monster in the run-stopping game.