Feely, Dolphins agree to three-year deal

The Miami Dolphins have reached a contract agreement with unrestricted free agent kicker Jay Feely, a move that will end the 10-year tenure of Olindo Mare with the team.

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Arguably the top kicker in the free agent market, Feely will sign a three-year, $6 million contract that includes $2.5 million in guarantees. Feely, 30, was also pursued by Atlanta and Kansas City over the past week.

Mare was due a roster bonus of $250,000 this month and was scheduled to earn a base salary of $1.5 million for 2006. Those finances and his inconsistencies of the past two seasons combined to make him vulnerable in the offseason; it was hardly a secret Miami officials were seeking a replacement.

In his 10 seasons with the Dolphins, Mare, 33, scored 1,048 points and went over the 100-point mark in six different seasons. He converted 245 of 303 field goal attempts and 313 of 318 extra points.

Feely played the past two seasons with the New York Giants after spending the first four years of his career with the Falcons. In New York, he made 58 of 69 field goal tries and had 24 touchbacks on kickoffs. His departure leaves the Giants without a proven kicker.

The former University of Michigan standout, signed by Atlanta as an undrafted free agent in 2001, has converted 156 of 196 field goal attempts for his career and all but two of his 225 extra point tries. He has four seasons of 100-plus points, including a career best of 148 points in 2005, and 691 points for his career.

Feely has a powerful leg as evidenced by his career average of 63.6 yards on kickoffs and 67 touchbacks.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.