Dolphins' Soliai signs franchise tag, ensures hefty pay raise

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai signed his franchise tender Saturday, according to a tweet sent by his agent, David Canter.

Soliai is looking for a long-term deal, but on Thursday, he was slapped with the franchise tag, ensuring he will be paid roughly $12.5 million for his services in 2011.

Soliai made just $467,000 in 2010, but the 6-foot-4, 355-pound nose tackle had a breakout season, emerging as a run-stopper after three disappointing years.

Canter said Soliai is now the Dolphins' highest-paid defensive player.

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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