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Dolphins, Lehan agree to three-year, $4.95 million contract

The Dolphins, who cleared out nine players a week ago in Bill Parcells' first move to clean up the roster, made their first move in bringing back players by reaching a three-year deal with cornerback Michael Lehan

The three-year deal will pay him $2.1 million this year and is worth $4.95 million over the length of the contract. Though his role could be just as a third cornerback, Lehan has proven he's good enough to start.

A five-year veteran, Lehan started 14 games last season for Cam Cameron and played over 82 percent of the defensive snaps. Lehan was a fifth-round choice of the Cleveland Browns in 2003. He joined the Dolphins after an offseason workout in 2006 and has been with the teams for the past two seasons.

Last year was his most extensive playing time. It probably helped that he finished the season strong. Lehan had eight tackles in the season-finale against the Bengals.

Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.