It would be a major surprise if the Miami Dolphins made a last-ditch effort to keep starting defensive tackle Paul Soliai. After more than a year of negotiations, neither side has come close to an agreement on a long-term extension.
The franchise tag was put on Soliai last year, but all indications are he will hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent in March. Soliai was a good nose tackle in Miami's 3-4 defense. But the Dolphins are expected to either switch to a 4-3 full-time or at least implement a lot of 4-3 concepts under first-year defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.
That leaves Soliai, and his high price tag, as the odd man out in Miami. But ESPN.com AFC West blogger Bill Williamson believes Soliai may find a home out west with the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams play 3-4 defenses, which is where Soliai is more valuable and more comfortable.
Miami's defense is talented and should be fine without Soliai. He will cash in somewhere in free agency, just not with the Dolphins, who have bigger needs.