His contract voided, Marino leaving Miami

Record-setting QB unsure about retiring

February 10, 2000|By BLOOMBERG NEWS

MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins voided the contract of quarterback Dan Marino, making the sure Hall of Famer a free agent, a Miami television station reported last night.

Marino, the most prolific passer in National Football League history, hasn't decided whether to retire, re-sign with the Dolphins at a lower salary or sign with another team, WTVJ reported.

The station said the move frees up around $7 million in salary cap room for the Dolphins. The NFL's free-agency period begins tomorrow.

Miami television station WFOR reported the 38-year-old Marino, not the team, decided to void the final two years of his contract.

That station also said that Marino met with officials of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Orlando, Fla. Tampa Bay recently cut former starter Trent Dilfer, likely making rookie Shaun King their starter.

Marino, who holds NFL career records for completions, pass attempts, yards and touchdown passes, had an injury-filled season in 1999. He missed five games and parts of several others with injuries to his throwing shoulder.

He completed 204 of 369 passes for 2,448 yards with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His passing yardage and touchdown totals were his lowest since 1993, when he played in just five games before tearing his Achilles' tendon.

Damon Huard appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, and signed a two-year contract extension through 2001 on Dec. 3. Still, it's not known if Miami has decided on him as Marino's replacement.

Marino has been Miami's starter since midway through his rookie season in 1983.

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