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Dolphins get 2nd Round Pick for Surtain

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I liked Surtain but think this will really help the Fins in the long run.

Former Dolphin to sign 7-year deal worth $50.8M

By Len Pasquarelli

ESPN.com

After two months of staring longingly at Patrick Surtain, the Chiefs finally blinked.

Kansas City acquired Surtain, a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback, in a trade Friday after acquiescing to the Dolphins' demands for a second-round draft choice.

Surtain must pass a physical exam and the pertinent paperwork must be filed with the NFL for the deal to be official. All parameters of the trade, including a new contract for Surtain, have been agreed upon in principle.

Surtain will sign a seven-year contract worth $50.8 million, with $14 million in guarantees included, league sources ahve told ESPN.com. The deal makes him the third highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, behind Denver's Champ Bailey and Baltimore's Chris McAlister. Surtain was en route to Kansas City on Friday morning to undergo a physical.

The teams have been talking on and off for several weeks, ever since the Dolphins granted Surtain and his representatives permission to seek trade scenarios. The one constant in the negotiations: Miami was steadfast in maintaining that it would not trade Surtain for less than a second-round pick. The Chiefs had been offering a fourth-rounder, but finally reconciled that it would take a second-round choice to complete a deal.

The teams also swap fifth-round choices in this weekend's draft.

In securing Surtain, one of the NFL's premier cover cornerbacks, the Chiefs fill one of their most pressing needs. Team president and general manager Carl Peterson has done a nice job this offseason addressing a defense that statistically ranked next-to-last in the league in 2004. Acquiring Surtain, however, clearly is the most significant defensive upgrade the Chiefs have made since the conclusion of last season.

Only two days ago, Peterson acknowledged that time was running out for the possibility of the trade. Dolphins coach Nick Saban countered by noting that Miami would simply retain Surtain for this season rather than deal him for less-than-market value. The trade earlier this week of Raiders cornerback Phillip Buchanon, in which Houston sent second- and third-round picks to Oakland, helped validate Saban's asking price.

Buchanon is younger than Surtain but hardly as accomplished.

Surtain, 28, was scheduled to earn a base salary of $5.85 million with the Dolphins for the coming season and carried a hefty salary cap charge of about $8.3 million.

The seventh-year veteran, a second-round pick of the Dolphins in 1998, has appeared in 108 games and started 82. For years, the former Southern Mississippi player teamed with Sam Madison to give Miami one of the top cornerback tandems in the league.

For his career, Surtain has 29 interceptions and 86 passes defensed, along with 340 tackles, 6½ sacks, four forced fumbles and four recoveries. He has recorded at least two interceptions every season of his career and had five or more pickoffs three times. Last season Surtain played in 15 games and had four interceptions and 11 passes defensed.

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Guest The_Man

Yeah, they save $8 million and get the 46th pick in the draft. Let's hope they continue making good moves. I think they have done a great job so far this off season.

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Guest durrtylexx

i wonder what will happen next

I think they'll draft RB Carnell Williams from Auburn.

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Guest The_Man

i wonder what will happen next

I think they'll draft RB Carnell Williams from Auburn.

That would be interesting. All of the draftniks say it'll be Ronnie Brown. I would go with Braylon Edwards. He would stretch the field and leave the middle open for McMichael. Other teams want him as well so the Fins could trade him (Minnesota?) and get more picks.

Either way, it's intriguing. The Fins are never close to this high in the draft (unlike the Jets ;D) so it's the first time I've ever been excited about the draft.

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Guest JMT

It's all about Deeetroit this year folks.. ;)

Mooch is gonna make something happen for DRC.

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Mooch is gonna make something happen for DRC.

As long as they don't play like shit like they did last year during THanksgiving game...lol that was horrible. LOL

ugh, nothing like a little turkey day indigestion, before you even eat!

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ugh, nothing like a little turkey day indigestion, before you even eat!

the Saleen was sooo mad he made ME apologize like 29029323 times for the crappy thanksgiving game before i could drink a beer at his house the following sunday. LOL

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Guest barstar diana

so did you guys see the draft! im excited about who we picked up!! especially since we got a crowder...and im a gator aluma...lol

but besides that we got some good picks alot of sec players!!! u can tell he has a prefrence for the division

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