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What's Lincoln Thinkin' - OV's Giant Price Tag

(Jim Rassol - Sun Sentinel)

The Dolphins would have loved to keep Olivier Vernon.

The 25-year old was born in Miami, played college in Miami and to this point played professionally in Miami.

But even the Dolphins, the team known for overspending on players, could not have believed the amount of money one team threw at him.

Vernon was not going to take a hometown discount to stay in Miami. But that's certainly what it would've cost to keep him here.

In the first day of free agency, the Giants signed Vernon to a mammoth 5 year, 85 million dollar deal, with 52 and a half million guaranteed.

That's more guaranteed money than four-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt is making.

So the Dolphins may have gone with a defensive end a little more long in the tooth with 31-year old Mario Williams.

But at least for once, they are not biting off more than they can chew in the salary department.

Because they did not want to OV, OV (over value Olivier Vernon).

He's a nice young player - but he's had just 29 sacks in his career.

Is he worth the most expensive contract ever for a defensive end?

I guess he is, because someone paid it.

But I don't think the Dolphins are regretting watching him go - not with that price tag.

'Free' agency certainly isn't cheap - it's nice to see the Dolphins shut their pocketbook for once.

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