Originally created 02/11/99

Dolphins interested in Giants' Wheatley



MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins are interested in acquiring running back Tyrone Wheatley from the New York Giants, and a deal may be completed as early as Friday, when the NFL trading period begins.

The teams reached a verbal agreement on a trade that would send a low-round draft pick to the Giants, The Miami Herald quoted sources with the Giants and the NFL Players Association as saying.

"We've had conversations," Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson said in a statement Wednesday. "But I'm not going to comment further about the nature of those discussions."

Wheatley's agent, Joel Segal, didn't return phone calls seeking comment.

The 6-foot, 235-pound Wheatley carried just 14 times for 52 yards for the Giants last season. He would give the Dolphins a big back in short-yardage situations, a problem for them last year.

Wheatley, 27, was a first-round draft pick in 1995. His best season was in 1997, when he rushed for 583 yards, averaging 3.8 per carry.