Miami wants competition at QB spot

Updated: February 26, 2004, 3:37 AM ET
Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. -- Although the Miami Dolphins are expected to trade for quarterback A.J. Feeley next week, they also want to keep four-year starter Jay Fiedler.

Dave Wannstedt and Fiedler held what the coach described as "a very positive and productive meeting" Wednesday at the team's training facility.

"I told him I knew how much he has meant to our team, and I emphasized I want him back this year," Wannstedt said.

The Dolphins are expected to send a conditional second-round pick to Philadelphia on March 3 in exchange for Feeley. Fiedler's agent, Brian Levy, said the Dolphins have indicated to him that Feeley will be the team's starter in 2004.

Unless Fiedler is willing to renegotiate his contract -- he's owed $16 million over the next three seasons -- it seems unlikely he will remain with the Dolphins, even as a backup.

"Jay is supportive of our efforts to bring in as many good players as we can," Wannstedt said. "And as someone who has met challenges successfully throughout his career, he understands that competition can only make us a better football team."

Telephone messages left for Levy were not returned Wednesday.

Fiedler has a 35-17 record as a starter with the Dolphins, but only one postseason victory. He had a career-worst passer rating of 72.4 last season and ranked 28th in the league among quarterbacks who threw 100 or more passes.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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