Today, which was the deadline for teams to place a tender on a free agent-to-be, the Dolphins tagged running back Ronnie Brown with a first round tender, and tight end Anthony Fasano, with a “original selection” tender. Since Fasano was drafted in the 2nd round, the Dolphins would receive a 2nd round compensation for him, if another team were to sign Fasano to a contract.
Many thought that Brown was still under contract with the Fins for at least one more year because of a “clause” in his contract which stated that in the case of no new CBA agreement, that he would remain under contract with the Dolphins. But otherwise, he would be an unrestricted free agent.
This proved to be false information, and Brown is now a restricted free agent, and is only making a reported $3.97 million this year.
The real clause in Brown’s contract was that both parties, Brown, and the Dolphins, had a mutual $5 million option to bring Brown back for another year, but the Dolphins declined the option, and are in turn, saving money.
Since Brown was tagged with a first round tender, this would force a team to give up their first round pick to acquire Brown. This would allow the Dolphins to go out and fill the hole that Brown left, with someone like, C.J. Spiller.
The groundwork for a big off-season has been laid. Now the Dolphins just have to make the moves. Which just so happens to be easier said than done.