Miami Dolphins Re-Sign Suspended NT Jason Ferguson

Chris J. NelsonSenior Writer IMarch 15, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30:  Jason Ferguson #95 of the Miami Dolphins looks on against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Dolphins beat the Rams 16-12.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

(Sorry for the lack of content this past week. I've been sick and just not feeling up to it. Obviously this is no longer breaking news, but I figured I should have something about it up here.)


In a somewhat surprising move, the Miami Dolphins re-signed free agent nose tackle Jason Ferguson to a one-year contract.

The move came just three days after it was announced that Ferguson would be suspended the first eight games of the 2010 regular season due to a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

The Dolphins' starting nose tackle the past two seasons, Ferguson appeared in all 16 games in 2008 and the first nine in 2009 before suffering a season-ending quadriceps injury.

With Ferguson unavailable for the first half of next season, Paul Soliai is projected to start for the Dolphins at nose tackle.



Analysis


Although this move is a bit surprising, it's certainly not a bad one for the Dolphins.

The team obviously needs a long-term solution at nose tackle, but Ferguson is still effective when healthy and will be a valuable asset during the second half of the 2010 season.

The bigger issue for the Dolphins is whether or not Paul Soliai can handle the starting job. He was adequate in 2009, but isn't the dominating presence you look for in a 3-4 nose tackle and has had some maturity issues during his career.

With the elite free-agent nose tackles all being re-signed or slapped with the franchise tag, it seems possible the Dolphins will address the position fairly early in next months NFL draft.

Strong possibilities include Tennessee's Dan Williams in the first round, North Carolina's Cam Thomas in the second round, and Central Florida's Torell Troup in the third round.


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Chris J. Nelson is a journalism major at Georgia State University. He operates his own Miami Dolphins Web site, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and can be followed on Twitter here.