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Soliai Has Cut Weight During Lockout

Dolphins nose tackle Paul Soliai is coming off a breakout 2010 season, starting 14 of 16 games and totaling 39 tackles and a pair of quarterback sacks while anchoring the NFL’s 7th-ranked run defense.

Soliai’s stellar season has been credited to him controlling his weight and improving his work ethic, which appears to have carried over into the lockout. During an appearance with Omar Kelly and John Linder on WQAM in Miami, Soliai had no problems sharing his current weight.

“Right now about like 342,” Soliai said. “Right where the Dolphins want me to be at right now. So my weight’s pretty low right now and I’m kind of happy with it.”

Listed at 355 pounds on NFL.com, Soliai’s agent, David Canter, says that Soliai weighed around 350 pounds at the end of last season and tells Kelly that his client is in the best shape of his life.

Soliai is working out in Utah with fellow Polynesian players, including Haloti Ngata of Baltimore Ravens, who has dropped 25 pounds this offseason. Also working out with the group are the Kemoeatu brothers, guard Chris of the Pittsburgh Steelers and nose tackle Ma’ake of the Washington Redskins.

To avoid losing the 27-year-old to free agency, the Dolphins placed the franchise tag on Soliai in February, guaranteeing the former fourth round pick out of Utah $12.476 million in base salary this season. Soliai earned $550,000 in 2010, the final year of his $2.135 million rookie contract.

“I’m not really satisfied with what I did last year. I know I could do better,” Soliai said. “I want to do better every year and show everyone why I got franchised. That’s something that’s really pushing me right now.”


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