The league mandated roster cuts are not due until September 1st when teams are required to pare down to 75. The Dolphins, who until today were sitting at 78 rostered players, after the release of Eric Green last week, well below the current league mandated 83 man roster, freed up more roster space when they released a slew of not likely to make it players, traded 2 offensive lineman, and terminated the contract of this regimes biggest mistake.
To start, the Phins have sent offensive lineman Ikechuku Ndukwe and OG/C Andy Alleman to the Kansas City Chiefs. The compensation is not know as of this writing but will updated when more is known. The trade obviously is a statement that the Phins are comfortable with the health of Donald Thomas who is returning from last years IR stint, and the improvement of last years 4th round Shawn Murphy.
In the case of Ernest Wilford, the tryout at TE was again a failure. Despite catching the lone Dolphins TD a week ago, Wilford and his guaranteed contract are now street free agents. Wilford was guaranteed over 10 million dollars when he signed as a free agent last season as the Phins hierarchy Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland purged the team. Unfortunately it would be one of only a few major mistakes made by the duo…and the most expensive. Wilford spent all but a handful of games inactive last year and was a long shot to make the roster in a crowded WR position.
The Phins were not done there. They cut back-up RB Anthony Kimble, LB’s Orion Martin, LB Tearrius George, and nose tackle Joe Cohen. They weren’t through.
In addition to the names above, the Dolphins waived KR/PR/WR Chris Williams. The rookie showed a lot of speed after 3 forgetful punt returns in week 1 and looked to be making some heads turn as he tried to make the team as a specialist. In the 2nd game, Williams had a fumbled punt that led to a Carolina TD and never really made an impact. He was replaced at both positions at half-time and it sealed his fate.
The Dolphins moved a total of 8 players today which leaves the roster now at 70. 4 below the league cut-down limit on September 1st, a week from today. The moves could be an indication that the team may be wanting to take a look at some street free agents. This is