As I'm sure you all know, Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown is yet to sign his restricted free agent tender. As the Palm Beach Post explains, there really isn't a deadline for Ronnie to sign it. He isn't affected by the ability teams now have to reduce their offer to unsigned restricted free agents. Therefore, there's no rush for Ronnie to sign the one-year offer on the table.
Needless to say, Ronnie isn't signing it because he wants a long-term deal - unlikely as it is. But Brown made it clear on Tuesday that he is not planning a training camp hold-out by any means. Brown told the Sun-Sentinel:
"I got a lot of work to do, especially if we're going to go to the Super Bowl."
"There's nothing dramatic. It's not like anyone's expecting me to hold out. It's a few knickknack things. There's language [issues]. I plan on signing it. It's not a big deal. We're just talking about some things. Obviously I'd like to get something [long term] done, but there's nothing dramatic."
This should ease the minds of some Dolphin fans who were beginning to think Ronnie might be planning a hold-out, something a number of players around the league seem to be planning this offseason. Brown even made it a point to say that "there's not any tension either way."
With that said, I don't see the Dolphins giving in and offering Ronnie any long-term deal at this point. He's coming off of another serious injury and is nearing the dreaded 30 year old plateau that running backs fear (Ricky Williams excluded, of course).
If you were running the Dolphins, would you offer Brown a long-term contract this offseason? Or would you take the wait-and-see approach that this front office is likely going to take?