The Miami Dolphins have parted ways with long time safety Yeremiah Bell. The last member of a Dave Wannstedt draft class. The question is why? Yes, he was due a 6 million dollar salary this year. Yes, the Dolphins save 4.5 million by releasing him. A week ago, this would have made sense. Today?
The first thought has to be that the Dolphins are closing in on adding Alex Smith to the roster. He has an 8 million a year salary offer on the table from the 49′ers and it appears that the Dolphins will have to not only match but do better. Can they really want him that bad? Again, with the Bell release who knows.
The Dolphins have shed something over 10 million with the release of Bell and trade of Brandon Marshall but the fact is they have shed two big contributors to the team and don’t have the answers for replacing them. The WR pool is completely dried up and the safety pool isn’t much better. Reggie Nelson a hard hitting safety from Cincinnati re-signed with the Bengals.
Jeff Ireland is creating holes on his roster without an idea of how to fill them. Perhaps Bell is re-signed at a lower salary but then why didn’t they just redo his contract to begin with? Miami fans are not going to be jumping through hoops for Alex Smith at 8 plus million a year and they won’t be jumping through hoops if the Dolphins fail to land the QB and still have yet another hole to fill on the roster.
Whatever Jeff Ireland’s plan is for this team, he has everyone outside of the facility confused as hell. As for Bell, his tenure may be coming to an end, but the appreciation for his play over the years won’t be forgotten!