One-year tender will cost team $1.43 million

Updated: February 24, 2005, 12:23 AM ET
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Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles tendered a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Brian Westbrook on Wednesday, giving Philadelphia the right to match any offer he receives or a first-round pick from any team that signs the running back.

The one-year tender will cost the team $1.43 million, but the Eagles have the option of signing the third-year player to a long-term deal.

Westbrook had a breakout season for the Eagles, scoring nine touchdowns and leading the team with 1,515 total yards. A versatile, dual-threat weapon, Westbrook rushed for 812 yards on 177 carries and led all NFL running backs in receptions with 73 for 703 yards last season.

A third-round draft pick out of Villanova in 2002, Westbrook played in his first career Pro Bowl after joining the NFC squad as an injury replacement.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins released quarterback Jay Fiedler, ending his five-year run as the much-maligned successor to Dan Marino.

Last season, Fiedler started just seven games for the Dolphins (4-12), going 1-6 while throwing for 1,186 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Fiedler spent much of the 2004 season on the injured list with a herniated disc. Fiedler was due a $2 million roster bonus in March.

The Dolphins also released safeties Arturo Freeman and Shawn Wooden and defensive end Jay Williams.

After Marino left before the 2000 season, Fiedler was the only starting quarterback for former Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt. But after Wannstedt's resignation in November, interim coach Jim Bates replaced Fielder with A.J. Feeley, who won three games the rest of the season.

A call to Fiedler's agent Brian Levy seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Fiedler started one game in six NFL seasons before he started 15 games in 2000 for Miami as the heir to Marino. He led the Dolphins to the first of two straight 11-5 seasons and playoff berths, going 1-2 in the postseason.

The Dolphins would miss the playoffs the next two seasons despite winning records as Fiedler missed nine starts in 2002-03 because of injuries. He missed five starts in 2002 because of a fractured thumb and missed four games in 2003 with a knee injury.

In five seasons with the Dolphins, Fiedler was 36-23 as a starter, throwing for 11,040 yards, 66 touchdown and 63 interceptions. He ranks as the franchise's third-leading passer behind Marino and Bob Griese.

Washington Redskins: Laveranues Coles is not willing to redo his contract, the Washington Post reports.

Coles believes the team agreed to release him, then reneged.

Coles, who had 90 catches this season, would be the second receiver with 90 or more catches to be released. The Titans cut ties with Derrick Mason.

New York Jets: Jamie Henderson, who nearly died in a motorcycle accident in April, was cut Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News.

The team had re-signed him despite the injuries, which kept him from playing this year.

Henderson is enrolled at the University of Georgia, according to the Daily News.

New England Patriots: The Pats released four players, including defensive back Earthwind Moreland, and hired two assistant coaches.

Moreland played in nine games and started two at cornerback last season, filling in for injured starters Tyrone Poole and Ty Law. He had 17 tackles and a fumble recovery.

The Patriots also released defensive lineman Buck Rasmussen, guard Wilbert Brown and tight end Zeron Flemister, none of whom played in a regular-season game last season.

The Super Bowl champions also appointed Joel Collier as assistant secondary coach and Harold Nash as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Collier is entering his 15th season as an NFL coach, including the last 11 with the Miami Dolphins. It is his second stint with the Patriots. He was an assistant coach and scout for the team from 1991 to 1993.

Nash joins the coaching staff after completing an 11-year career as a defensive back in the Canadian Football League.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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