MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins signed two-time Pro Bowl lineman
Kevin Carter to a $30 million, five-year deal Monday, adding their
second free agent defensive end, and cut David Boston after the
receiver failed his physical.
A 10-year NFL veteran, Carter spent the past four years with
Tennessee, but was released by the Titans in a salary-cap cutting
move in February. ESPN.com's John Clayton reported the Miami native and former University of Florida star will make $10 million over the first two years of the contract and $16 million over the first three. Included in the deal is $8 million of guarantees in signing and option bonuses.
"Kevin did not want to leave the Titans," his agent, Harold C.
Lewis, said. "When we couldn't figure out any way to keep him
there, the only place he wanted to play was for the Miami
The Dolphins, who are expected to have all four defensive line
starters back, also signed defensive end Vonnie Holliday on
Carter could move to tackle, where he spent part of last season
while leading a young Titans line.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Carter never has missed a game, totaling
598 tackles, 86 sacks, nine fumble recoveries and 16 forced
fumbles. He earned Pro Bowl trips in 1999 and 2002 and was a part
of the Rams' Super Bowl title after the 1999 season.
He was traded to the Titans for a first-round draft pick in
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to add someone of
Kevin's caliber to our defense," Dolphins coach Nick Saban said in
a statement. "Kevin has been a quality player who has contributed
to winning teams in both St. Louis and Tennessee.
"We're looking for him to add to our veteran leadership with
Boston was signed before the 2004 season, but missed the entire
year with a knee injury. In December, he was suspended by the NFL
for four games for testing positive for steroids. Boston has denied
Boston's agent, Mitch Frankel, told the Miami Herald the door to re-sign is still open.
"He'll be completely healthy to run in four weeks," Frankel said. "The Dolphins told us that David should get himself ready and talk to other teams if he wants, but that they'd be open to having him come back."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.