June 12, 2004 12:50 PM ET
Dolphins: Ogunleye contract talks at an impasse
The agent for Dolphins' defensive end Adewale Ogunleye expressed doubt Friday as to whether he and team officials will be able to come to terms on a new contract for last year's AFC sack leader. "At this juncture, it's a shame to put it in these terms, but I'd have to say that we're really at an impasse," agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN reporter Len Pasquarelli. "There's a pretty big gap. Realistically, I just don't know how, or even if, we can get it done." Ogunleye is a restricted free agent, which means the Dolphins hold his rights this year. He is threatening to sit out the first 10 games of the season and then report for the final six, which would give credit for honoring his contract, and then allow him to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason.
Ogunleye is playing hardball with the Dolphins. He was named the team's most valuable player at a banquet held last week to publicly lobby team officials who were in attendance to get the negotiations moving in a better direction. The Dolphins expressed interest in trading the former Indiana Hoosier prior to the draft, but only the Bears and Vikings expressed strong interest, and both teams addressed defensive line needs during the draft. We will continue to monitor Ogunleye's contract talks, as his pass-rushing ability makes him a valuable commodity in fantasy leagues that award points for individual defensive players.