MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins have re-signed massive nose tackle Paul Soliai roughly 24 hours after he became an unrestricted free agent, according to CBS4’s Kim Bokamper.

The Fins let Soliai walk Tuesday afternoon when a deal couldn’t be reached. Soliai had played last season under the franchise tag and was paid more than $10 million for one season.

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Soliai is a proto-typical 3-4 nose tackle, standing 6’4″ and weighing 355 pounds, which could mean the Dolphins will use a hybrid defense that varies between the 3-4 and 4-3.

Last season, Soliai had 27 tackles, but was key in the Dolphins running defense by eating up multiple blockers on a consistent basis.

The re-signing will give the Dolphins one heck of a defensive line.

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The Fins will have Cameron Wake, Soliai, Jared Odrick, Randy Starks, and Tony McDaniel. So, stopping the run shouldn’t be a problem at all for the Fins next season.

According to NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora, the deal includes $12 million in new money and when combined with the 2011 franchise tag will total $24 million over three years, with $18 million guaranteed.

The deal, according to the Palm Beach Post, will count roughly $4 million against the salary cap.

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The deal likely signals the end of the Dolphins’ pursuit of Peyton Manning as there may not be enough salary cap space left, which will roughly be a little more than $10 million for rookies and free agency and before any player is released or restructured.