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Ronnie Brown Gets First-Round Tender from Dolphins

Jason Clary@IamJClaryCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 15:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins runs past linebacker Barrett Ruud #51 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Land Shark Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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As many of you know, with the new rules this year, there are many more restricted free agents.  Ronnie Brown has just been tendered a first round pick.  If a team wants to sign Brown, Miami will have seven days to match the contract, or they get a first round pick.

The difference between a RFA (restricted free agent) and an UFA (unrestricted free agent), is the basis on which they are able to be signed.  

Restricted free agents are able to be signed, but the signing team has to give the original team a draft pick, that is, unless the original team matches the contract. Unrestricted free agents can be signed without giving any compensation to the original team.

The main questions in these situations are, how much interest will Brown draw from other teams? And if so, will Miami match the offer sheet?

Brown has been a force in the backfield for Miami, but with his injury history, he seems like an afterthought to the organization.  If a team signs Brown away from Miami, they will likely look for young talent through the draft.

A player that would come to mind is Clemson's C.J. Spiller, who just ran a 4.37 at the combine.  He has the flashes of play-making ability that Miami is looking for.

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With that being said, it will be an interesting free agency period.

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