Dolphins extend TE Fasano through 2012

GREEN BAY WI - OCTOBER 17: Anthony Fasano #80 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 17 2010 in Green Bay Wisconsin. The Dolphins defeated the Packers 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

The Palm Beach Post reports this morning that the Dolphins have given tight end Anthony Fasano a contract extension that will keep him in Miami through 2012.

Fasano was signed to a one year restricted free agent deal worth $1.176 million this past offseason. But this new deal will pay Fasano base salaries of $1.9 million in 2011 and $3.6 million in 2012 - according to NFLPA records.

Fasano is currently on pace for career highs in both receptions and receiving yards. His 14.7 yards per reception is also a career high. These numbers are more impressive considering Fasano has been used as an extra pass protector much more often this year than ever before.

The Dolphins still have a need for a second tight end - and it's a need I believe this front office needs to address this offseason - but it's to see the front office proactively re-sign one of their prospective 2011 free agents, much like they did a few weeks back by extending Davone Bess.

Other key 2011 free agents include Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Tyler Thigpen, Paul Soliai, Tony McDaniel, and Richie Incognito.

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