Former Miami Dolphins halfback Eugene "Mercury" Morris has paid off another debt to society.

The Metro Dade Commission agreed Tuesday to accept 22 of Morris' anti-drug speaking engagements to pay $8,600 in legal fees incurred by his court-appointed attorneys - $390.90 a speech.

Morris was convicted in 1982 of negotiating to sell $120,000 in cocaine to an undercover cop. He served 31/2 years.

"When he was tried, he did not have money. He was an indigent," said Deputy County Manager Dewey Knight. The court appointed two public defenders; the county paid the $8,600 bill.