posted on Feb, 22 2004 @ 10:55 PM
The Dolphins are preparing to trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback AJ Feeley.
The Dolphins, anticipating they will be able to complete a trade for quarterback A.J. Feeley and sign him to a new contract, have given starter Jay
Fiedler permission to talk to other teams.
The move is regarded as the practical prelude to Fiedler being released next month, and to Feeley being elevated to the top perch on the depth chart,
as the Dolphins attempt to upgrade production at quarterback.
The Dolphins and Eagles agreed Saturday evening to the Feeley deal, which will become official March 3, when the league's current trade moratorium is
lifted. In exchange for Feeley, the Eagles will receive a conditional second-round choice in the 2005 draft. A three-year veteran with five starts on
his rÃ©sumÃ©, Feeley will sign a contract with Miami that can be for five years and $18 million and will include a $3 million signing bonus.
The door is being left open for Fiedler to return to Miami, albeit at a reduced salary. Fiedler is due a $2 million option bonus on April 5 that the
Dolphins will not want to pay if they acquire Feeley. Fiedler also has a $3.7 million base salary for 2004.
The Cowboys, Buccaneers and Raiders are expected to make overtures to Fiedler. The Raiders' level of interest will depend on Rich Gannon's recovery
from offseason shoulder surgery.
From what I have seen of Feely I didn't think he was of #1 starting QB caliber but I could be wrong.