Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Dolphins have re-signed defensive tackle Paul Soliai.
While it was commonly believed Soliai would exit Miami because he isn’t quite as good a system fit for the club’s new 4-3 defense as the old 3-4, the Fins still valued Soliai’s run-stopping ability.
And they got him at a price they liked. Per Volin, Soliai’s deal is for $12 million over two seasons, with $6 million guaranteed. Soliai will reenter free agency when the NFL’s new TV money kicks in, in 2014.
Soliai’s return to South Beach takes the top pure nose tackle off the free agent market. Aubrayo Franklin is a distant No. 2, coming off a subpar season in New Orleans and set to turn 32 this summer.
The Dolphins could still use an explosive left end, but they have some quality pieces in place to execute new coordinator Kevin Coyle’s defense up front. Soliai, Jared Odrick, top pass rusher Cameron Wake, and active defensive tackle Randy Starks form an impressive nucleus. They will be very difficult to run against.