This is a bit of a surprising one. With the Dolphins switching to a 4-3, a 355 pound run stuffer like Soliai didn’t seem to have a spot, especially with Randy Starks and Jared Odrick penciled in as starters, with free agent Kendall Langford potentially back in the mix. This move might suggest that they may still keep the 3-4 around in the form of a hybrid and they need a big run stuffer like Soliai and also that Langford, who has drawn interest from Atlanta and New England, won’t be back.
I still think they overpaid. Soliai had a great breakout season in 2010, ranking 10th among defensive tackles and nose tackles on ProFootballFocus, 4th against the run. He was franchised for the 2011 season to prove his 2010 season wasn’t a fluke and he didn’t quite do that, ranking 38th among defensive tackles and nose tackles, and 24th against the run. Given that, I think the Dolphins overpaid (2 years, 18 million), even if they do stick with a 3-4 or a hybrid front.