Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Breaking News: Dolphins Agree to Deal with Channing Crowder

In a stunning move, the Miami Dolphins have agreed to a three-year contract with upcoming free agent linebacker Channing Crowder just over a day before the free agency period begins.

A third-round pick out of Florida in 2005, Crowder has played in 58 games for the Dolphins including 50 starts over four seasons. He recorded a career-high 113 tackles in 2008, ranking second on the team behind safety Yeremiah Bell (120).

I have to say I'm very shocked at this move, given the Dolphins' apparent lack of interest in retaining him to this point and Crowder's continued public displeasure with what negotiations there have been.

As for my opinion of the move, I'll have to reserve judgment until the contract details are known. I've said all year that I expected Crowder to be overpaid on the open market, and if that was the case then I didn't want us to be the ones doing it. At the right price, he's certainly worth keeping because he's a good run-stopping linebacker.