Schulters gets one-year deal with Miami

Updated: July 28, 2005, 3:39 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Seeking to add a veteran playmaker to the interior of their secondary, the Miami Dolphins on Thursday signed unrestricted free agent safety Lance Schulters to a one-year contract.

 Lance Schulters
Schulters

Schulters, 30, was released by the Titans in mid-June because of salary cap considerations. He had played three seasons with Tennessee and had three years remaining on his contract. He had been due a $2.75 million base salary for 2005, and carried a cap charge of $4.2 million.

Details of the one-year deal Schulters signed in Miami, where he visited last month with Dolphins officials and coaches, were not immediately available.

Depending on the condition of a left foot injury that sidelined him for all but three games in 2004, Schulters could quickly challenge for a starting job in the Miami secondary. The current starter at strong safety, Tebucky Jones, appears set. Current free safety Travares Tillman, however, has just seven starts in five seasons and, while practicing, is still not fully recovered from a knee injury sustained in mini-camp last month.

It was generally believed that when Schulters was released by the Titans, he would find a healthy market for his services, but that wasn't the case. Some franchises rumored to be considering Schulters, like Atlanta and Dallas, demonstrated only tepid interest.

The seven-year veteran has appeared in 91 games, 76 of them starts, and has 412 tackles, 15 interceptions and 43 passes defensed. Since posting six interceptions in 2002 for the Titans, he has gone 22 straight contests without a pickoff. Still, the former Hofstra star, who played four seasons in San Francisco before signing with the Titans as a free agent in 2002, is viewed as a solid playmaker with good range. The Miami secondary is returning just one starter, cornerback Sam Madison, from its 2004 starting unit.

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