Inside the Huddle: Feeley excels late

One reason the Dolphins turned to A.J. Feeley is his fourth-quarter success.

Updated: February 24, 2004, 2:44 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

A.J. Feeley
A.J. Feeley started five games for the Eagles in 2002.
In trying to find the next Jake Delhomme, the Dolphins did extensive research on unproven NFL quarterbacks. They looked at Marc Bulger, A.J. Feeley, Jay Fiedler, Matt Hasselbeck, Sage Rosenfels, Billy Volek and others. After the Dolphins learned they couldn't get Mark Brunell or Patrick Ramsey in a trade, they chose Feeley based in part on his 85.4 career quarterback rating in the fourth quarter. This season, Fiedler had a quarterback rating of 23 in the fourth quarter.

Paying Peyton

Peyton Manning's negotiations on a long-term deal will go right up until the March 3 deadline, when the Colts have to get under the $80.5 million salary cap. The Colts are appealing to Manning's desire to win, trying to convince him to take a pay cut so they can keep the core of their team together. The Colts want Manning to take a six-year deal that will average between $10 million and $11 million even though he made $11.3 million in 2003 and will get $18.4 million in 2004 and $22 million in 2005 if he's paid under the franchise tag.

Gallery impressive

Iowa left tackle Robert Gallery's decision to work out at the combine came from his desire to go higher than the fourth pick and possibly go No. 1. His 4.95 40 and fluid running style in drills helped. Also, by going higher than No. 4, he would avoid the Giants with the fourth pick. Gallery likes to wear big hoop earrings and hasn't cut his hair in 2½ years. Neither likely would fly with new Giants coach Tom Coughlin.

Woods a big winner at combine

Oklahoma State receiver Rashaun Woods was one of the big winners at the Indianapolis scouting combine with his 4.45 40, a time that should vault him toward the middle of the first round. But his good time will delay his desire for a second pro career, being a regular on the Bassmasters Tour. Woods is an avid fisherman who says he has snagged 60 to 70 bass in a three-hour stretch.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer

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