Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Nose tackle has become one of the highest-paid and most in-demand positions in the NFL. So when a team like the Dolphins finds a stud, they will look to keep him around and hope he shows the dedication to the team he had before he landed a big contract.
While the Dolphins haven’t reached a long-term deal with nose tackle Paul Soliai just yet; he is signed to a $12 million-plus contract for this season. And based on all reports, Soliai will come into camp this season in good condition and ready to play.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Soliai has been on a strict diet during this off-season and is already slimmed down to his playing weight of 342 pounds. Soliai had battled weight problems in the past as training camp began.
Soliai’s success will determine the overall success of the Dolphins’ defense. He had 39 tackles and two sacks last season, but the Dolphins need him to be able to draw double and triple teams to free up linebackers to wreak havoc on opponents.
Soliai has the size and the strength to pull it off. Last season was the first time he showed the Dolphins could put their trust in him. The Fins will keep an eye on Soliai this season and if he shows he can be a franchise cornerstone, the Fins will reward him soon.