Carter to receive $8 million in guarantees

Updated: March 8, 2005, 12:43 PM ET
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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.

Kevin Carter
Defensive End
Tennessee Titans
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
49 26 23 1 6 0

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 Dolphins."

The Dolphins, who are expected to have all four defensive line starters back, also signed defensive end Vonnie Holliday on Saturday.

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 2001.

"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 the Dolphins."

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 using steroids.

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.