Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai (96) celebrates a tackle against the New York Jets during the first half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Soliai's Agent 'Very Optimistic' For Deal With Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins are very proud of their defensive unit. They signed cornerback Brent Grimes, who has been impressing his teammates with his athleticism and playing “big” despite his small frame. The Dolphins added linebacker Dannell Ellerbe from the defending champion Baltimore Ravens. They also stated that they wouldn’t trade defensive end Cameron Wake for anyone.

All of those additions might mean the Dolphins will have to decide between defensive tackle Randy Starks and Paul Soliai, both of whom are free agents in 2014. Many suspect that the Dolphins will only be able to offer one of them a long term deal.

Soliai’s agent, David Canter, told the Palm Beach Post that he is expecting the Dolphins to bring him a offer during training camp.

“I’m optimistic the team will come to us with a fair market deal to try to get it done,” Canter said. “If not, we’ll play it out.” Canter also is “very optimistic that Paul will remain a Miami Dolphin for a long time.”

That would essentially set up Randy Stark’s exit. Starks has reportedly already rejected an offer that wasn’t close to the money he was hoping for or expecting. Soliai and his run-stuffing abilities might be higher on Miami’s priority list.

“One reason Randy has been so successful, Cameron Wake has been so successful, all the other guys on the front seven are so successful, a lot of it has to do with the big man up front,” Canter said. “It all starts with him, he knows that, and he has accepted that role.”

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