Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lehan re-signed to three-year deal

CB Michael Lehan was re-signed yesterday to a three-year deal worth $4.95 million. This includes $2.1 million in the first year.

Lehan started 14 games for the Dolphins last year after Andre' Goodman went down with an injury in training camp. Lehan proved to be a pleasant surprise, and while he is probably not starter material for the future, his retention is a good move. His is only 28 years old, so he still has plenty of good years left in him.

The structure of the contract is also beneficial. Miami is awash in cap space (~ $44 million) so it has the room to front-load contracts this year. Lehan's contract will only get cheaper as he ages, and thus he becomes easier to cut in future years if his play slips. This was a very solid move.

Lehan finished last season with 57 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, and 7 passes defensed.

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