The Miami Dolphins made headlines with the release of 9 players on Monday and 4 of whom were starters. It seems that one may not be wasting much time finding a new home and another is actually drawing interest. So here is what is going on with a few of the “Ex-Phins” in the news, and some rumors that have quieted down.
Marty Booker – According to a Chicago Sun Times article, Booker may be heading back to ChiTown. Booker who was traded to the Dolphins in 2004 for along with a 3rd rounder for DE Adawale Ogunleye had bitter feelings at the outset of the deal toward the “windy” city. That apparently has changed. In a twist of irony, Booker could replace a departing Bernard Berrian on the roster, who coincidentally could be a target of the Miami Dolphins.
Trent Green – Bill Parcells and the agent for Trent Green have spoken on at least 2 occasions about Green being in the Dolphins immediate plans. A 500,000 dollar roster bonus and 3.5 million dollar 2008 salary ended the initial talks. It is still expected that the two sides will meet sometime in the future about Green rejoining Miami if he is ever cleared to play. In the meantime, it is reported that the Minnesota Vikings may have some interest in the soon to be 38 year old concussed QB. Sure makes you smile when you realize that Rick Speilman is in fact, no longer with the Miami Dolphins.
LJ Shelton – Shelton was an expensive bust for Nick Saban. He never was able to transition to left tackle and in reality made very little impact at right tackle. Still there is some talk that he could join the Dallas Cowboys to add some depth.
Cleo Lemon – The agent for the Miami Dolphins QB has stated the the Phins have made no contact with the UFA. The Dolphins have exclusive negotiating rights to Lemon until the 29th. It is unlikely that they will pursue the free agent.
Keyshawn Johnson – A report out of Bristol says that Keyshawn is seriously contemplating a return to the NFL. If that is the case, Johnson has a home in Miami. He intends to have a decision by mid-march. If Keyshawn does in fact join the Phins, he may be used as a slot receiver or as the number 3 on the outside, some have surmised that he could be used as pass catching TE. In all likelihood, I would get used to the name, I think the odds are better that he joins the team than the Patriots odds of returning to the Super Bowl next season.
Ocho Cinco – Chad Johnson wants to come to Miami, Miami likely will not take him. The Dolphins would have to pony up at least one pick for the Cincy WR and likely that pick won’t be enough. The Washington Redskins are now considered a likely destination and according to several local Washington newspapers, a trade is already being discussed among the Redskins staff.