MIAMI (AP) _ Quarterback Jay Fiedler decided against testing the free-agent market and instead signed a five-year contract to remain with the Miami Dolphins.

The deal through 2006 was announced Wednesday.

Had Fiedler pursued free agency, the Dolphins could have kept him by matching any offer.

Fiedler, 30, is 21-10 in two seasons as the Dolphins' starter and has led them to the playoffs each year. In 2001 he threw for 3,290 yards with 20 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. In the final seven regular season games he threw 11 touchdown passes with just four interceptions, one of the league's best ratios.

Fiedler's re-signing will probably put an end to speculation that Troy Aikman might come out of retirement to play for Miami.