Phins Sign Rosario and Cook — Cut Berger and Edds


Straight from the website, the Dolphins have signed tackle Ryan Cook and tight end Dante Rosario.  And, the Phins have cut linebacker A.J. Edds and center Joe Berger.

Yes, you read correctly — the Dolphins cut E.J. Edds.

Ryan Cook is a 28 years old tackle with 5 years of experience and cut by the Vikings — he can also play center and guard.  He is 6’6″ and 328 pounds out of the University of New Mexico.  After starting 16 games in 2007 and 14 games in 2008, he did not start any games in 2009 and only 7 games in 2010.  This signing is obviously one to address the problems associated Lydon Murtha, who was recently placed on IR.

Dante Rosario is a 26 year old tight end with 4 years of experience with the Panthers and cut by the Broncos.  He is 6’4″ and 250 pounds out of the University of Oregon.  In 2010, he started six games catching 32 passes for 264 yards and no TDs.  In 2009, he started eight games catching 26 passes for 313 yards and 2 TDs.  At the 2007 Combine, Rosario ran 4.78 seconds in the 40 yard dash — so, he is not a real speed burner.  The Phins now have 4 TEs (Fasano, Mastrud, Yeatman, and Rosario) plus Charles Clay on the 53 man roster with one additional TE (Brackett) on the practice squad.

It understandable that the Dolphins finally parted ways with Joe Berger.  The ex-Cowboy did not really live up to expectations given plenty of opportunity to do so last year.  However, cutting A.J. Edds is a real head scratcher.  Edds had 18 tackles in four preseason games leading the Phins in tackles in two of the four.  He seemed to be recovering well from his ACL injury during the 2010 training camp.

I just don’t understand the thinking behind this one.  Why keep Austin Spitler and Marvin Mitchell, but cut A.J. Edds?  Why bring in a TE and OT cut by other teams, while cutting a promising fourth round draft pick?  Why not cut Jeron Mastrud?  Exactly how many TEs do you need?  I can’t wait to hear the Sparano explanation for this one.

It should be noted that Edds could be signed to the practice squad, if he clears waivers.  But, I think he will likely be picked up by another team.  So, good luck A.J.  You’ll probably come back to haunt us!

What do you think?