The Dolphins have inked one of their two remaining restricted free agents, as starting tight end Anthony Fasano signed his one-year tender offer Wednesday.
Fasano, who will receive $1.759 million in 2010, risked having his tender amount lowered if he didn't re-sign by June 15.
The Dolphins' starting tight end the past two seasons, Fasano was one of more than 200 players negatively affected by the lack of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement this offseason.
With just four years of NFL service, Fasano was forced into restricted free agency in the 2010 offseason. Unrestricted free agency required just four years of NFL service under the old CBA.
Acquired along with linebacker Akin Ayodele from the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a 2008 fourth-round pick (eventually dealt to Oakland and used on safety Tyvon Branch), Fasano had a breakout season in 2010 with career highs in receptions (34), receiving yards (454) and touchdowns (7).
However, Fasano dealt with some bad drops early in the 2010 season and moved into a larger blocking role in the Dolphins' offense, finishing the season with just 31 catches for 339 yards and two touchdowns.
With no tight ends added by the Dolphins this offseason, Fasano should be able to hold off Joey Haynos for the starting job this season.
He'll have an extra incentive to perform, as Fasano will still be a restricted free agent again in 2011. With no CBA, six years are now required to be an unrestricted free agent.
With Fasano under contract, starting running back Ronnie Brown is the only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. He is expected to sign in the coming days.
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