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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