Dolphins sign G Smiley to five-year deal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (Ticker)—Bill Parcells is wasting little time jumping into the free agent waters.

The Miami Dolphins agreed to a five-year contract with San Francisco 49ers guard Justin Smiley early Friday morning, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

The newspaper reported that Smiley’s contract is worth $25 million and includes a $9 million signing bonus.

The deal is contingent on Smiley passing a physical, said his agent Patrick Dye.

The signing period for free agency started at 12:01 a.m. Friday. The 26-year-old Smiley was an unrestricted free agent.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Smiley told the Press-Democrat of Santa Rosa, California. “Miami called as soon as they were able to call me and told me they’d like to have me down there. They called me right after it (free agency) started. They offered me that (contract). I feel very blessed. It feels good to have security. I want to go down there and give them every penny’s worth and play hard for them.”

The 6-3, 310-pound Smiley was the second-round pick of the 49ers in 2004. He started all 16 games in each of the 2005 and 2006 seasons but was limited to seven games in 2007 after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in November.

The Dolphins finished an NFL-worst 1-15 last season and hold the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft - one reason why Parcells was hired as director of football operations in December.


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Updated Friday, Feb 29, 2008