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Monday, February 11, 2008

Axe drops on four former starting players today

In case anyone forgot how drastic a change the Dolphins are undergoing following the worst season in franchise history, the point was made anew Monday when the team cut nine players, including four veteran starters.

The Dolphins have just terminated the contracts of wide receiver Marty Booker, quarterback Trent Green, tackle L.J. Shelton and defensive tackle Keith Traylor. All were starters during the 2007 season.

The team also waived tackle Anthony Alabi, defensive tackle Anthony Bryant, tackle Marion Dukes, defensive tackle Marquay Love and offensive tackle Joe Toledo. All of those players were backups, in Alabi’s case, or project players who had yet to establish themselves.

“This is never easy, especially since all of these players worked hard during their tenure here,” Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland said in a statement. “In particular, in the case of each of the veterans, it’s especially difficult to release players who have been productive and valued members of the organization. However, we feel these decisions are in the best interest of the team.

“I want to thank all of them for their contributions to the Dolphins and wish them good luck.”

By some quick math, today's moves slice around $13.07 million off the books in scheduled 2008 base salary alone, but because there will be proration charges on bonuses paid to Green, Shelton, Traylor, Toledo, Alabi and Booker that will accelarate to this year, the actual savings to the cap will be more in the neighborhood of $9 million.

On the Green contract alone, the Dolphins are saving good money. Green was to make $2.8 million in base salary this season. He was scheduled to collect a $500,000 roster bonus by the end of this month and a $100,000 workout bonus later this offseason. His cap charge was to be $3.73 million.

Well, the base salary goes away, as does the roster and workout bonus. The Dolphins are on the hook for $667,000 in prorated signing bonus charge. So they save $3.063 million on Green alone.

Marty Booker signed a 7-year, $28 million contract in 2002. The contract's last year was to be 2008 when Booker was due $4.3 million in base salary. He doesn't get that now but the final year of proration for the signing bonus is still on the books. So the Dolphins save approximately $3.5 million on Booker.

For Shelton, the savings is not quite so spectacular because he still had two years remaining on his four year contract. Shelton signed that four-year, $15 million deal in 2006. Although the Dolphins don't have to pay him the $3 million due in base salary this year, they have to pay approximately $1.75 million as the accelarated proration for the $3.5 million signing bonus Shelton collected. That means a savings of $3 million but the proration charge of $1.75 million equals a savings of about $1.25 million for Shelton.

By the way, I asked the Dolphins to help with these important numbers because, after all, accuracy is important and the entire NFL sees them anyway so there is no competitive advantage or disadvantage involved. But I haven't heard back on that as of this writing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we all saw that coming. Especially Green.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a little surprised by Alabi and Toledo. I thought Alabi had some talent, and that Toledo just needed to stay healthy. They were both relatively young, and I would guess pretty inexpensive.


3:29 PM  
Blogger Jamison said...

I'm not terribly surprised by the release of some of the older vets. Some young guys there, though, that the 'Fins have put some development into. How much cap space do the Dolphins have going into free agency? Any idea how much this move clears up for them?

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just the beginning.Fringe players that cannot stay healthy or push for a starting we have to purge from the roster,more will get the axe as evaluations and salaries are considered,IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!

3:37 PM  
Anonymous ceed said...

Yeah, Toledo surprised me too. He was hurt both years he was on the team but was a high enough draft pick that I would of thought he would have gotten another shot. Alabi was supposed to be our starter this season but didn't play well so he's not a huge loss. I wonder what kind of players we will bring in to replace them though. Alan Faneca would be huge at guard, but he doesn't solve all of our problems and would be a huge investment on a rebuilding team. We should probably try to rebuild through the draft on the o-line. you're never gonna find a franchise tackle in free agency. if you're that good, then you play for the same team your entire career. We should get our franchise tackle in the first round of this coming draft. If we trade down we could get someone like Sam Baker, and if we stay put we can grab Jake Long. We could even get a very talented tackle with the 32nd pick too.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous B man said...

Potential doesn't make it. Put out or get out. This isn't a developmental league. The only reason those guys were on this team is because of the years of poor talent acquistion made this a place for rejects, momma's boys who cry on the field and lazy fat asses who think they run the show. Good riddance.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know what their 2008 cap values would have been but here are their 2007 cap values.

Booker - 3.7m
Green - 5.3m
Shelton - 3.1m
Traylor - 1.1m
Alabi - 480k
Toledo - 365k

Total - 14.05m

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Chase said...

i agree, we draft jake long if we can then pick up a qb like henne or brohm with one of our 2nd round picks for insurance. They'll still be there. As much as id love to have matt ryan, i just dont think any qb is going to do great under as bad of an offensive line as we have I believe it could come down to the depth at offensive line later in the draft.. I'm almost positive were not going to draft glenn dorsey... You're thoughts armando. I havent heard anything from you on what you think we'll take with the first pick...

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that someone commented that Green was no suprise. I would have thought that to, however, they actually wanted him back and he wouldn't commit. Thats why he's gone.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous dalis_protege said...

Hey Armando,

Any insight on why they didn't try to trade Booker instead of just releasing him? My assumption is that he is just a bit old and past his prime, but I'm just curious if that is really the case. Seems we could have received something for him, if only a 7th rounder.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We finally have mgmt who gets it! Fringe players that could be good someday belong in grocery stores and sales jobs not the NFL. Green had absolutly no zip on his passes last year and you could see CB liking their chops. I just can't wait to see if we really are intent on building for the future and do the right thing by trading JT and Z.Thomas. God I wish we drafted P.Willis instead of Ginn!

4:28 PM  
Anonymous JJF said...

Hey Armando,

Do you know how scouts would compare Jake Long to Joe Thomas? Are they about even, close, is Thomas just on another level altogether? Thanks.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I am surprised about is that they did not think they could get even a low round draft choice for Booker or Shelton in a trade. Goes to show how lousy those guys must have played last year. The tapes were reviewed, the play evaluated, and they are gone.

Traylor is just getting old.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous phins fan in ne said...

Can we finally move on from the old crusty has been qb's? Let's give Beck his shot!

I love all the offensive and defensive line cuts......shows you where they're going to get started!

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only surprise here to me was Toledo. I thought we were hearing good things about him. Ofcourse that was coming from the old regime so who knows. NYScott

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with most of the things in here, I think we can at least get a 6th or 7th rounder for Shelton or Booker.
As for Toledo he was gone the second the Tuna talk about injury reports, he can't stay on the field, that's the same reason I don't expect Bell back.

As much as for the cap space I think we're closer to 30 MM (a little under).

Wait for more cutting and dealing (probably Zack and JT).

4:44 PM  
Anonymous finheavenblows! said...

Excellent breakdown of the green contract, mando! Thank you.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Nice Job going the extra yard Mando. Keep the facts flowing.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that any team they contacted about trading booker or shelton to, could see the writing on the wall. And since they haven't played well, just decided to wait till we released them. You could bet that Rick Speilman would have given his entire draft for someone else's throw-aways. If only we had shown some prudence and not given away a 2nd rd pick for a 2nd or 3rd string QB every other year, we would atleast have SOMETHING to build on now. Here's hoping the tuna can fix this mess.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you winking at me?

5:00 PM  
Anonymous ucffinfan said...

all i have to say is.......PEACE!

Common Tuna, bring my UCF boy Asante here with those savings!

Anybody catch this on ESPN today? I was in the gym during the "offseason preview" on sportscenter so there was no volume, but it looked to me the ONLY thing they said was good for the fins this year was "Ronnie Brown before injury". Gunna be a long and interesting offseason.

n if tuna drafts matt ryan.......good just having Alex Smith nightmares.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous MartinK said...

Mel Kiper and others say Jake Long grades out just below Joe Thomas but above Levi Brown (and Levi was a top ten pick last year). Jake Long dominated Percy Harvin in the Michigan-Florida bowl game & Harvin is a mid-to-late 1st round projected pick... Regarding the recent cuts - it made sense because we need to make room for more Cowboys practice squad players. Seriously, how bad is that! I believe JT & Zach will be draft-day trades and that the 'Fins will truly be rebuilt for the future. By the way, Alan Faneca sucks - most Steelers fans are glad he's leaving. I would think that we'll try going after Flozell Adams and/or Jason Fabini, due to the Cowboys ties.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I wonder, why "reach out to Green?" Wasn't that the news about a month ago?

What about the qb position? Who the hell plays that now, don't tell me another year of Lemon, and then Beck, then back to Lemon?

Hopefully we can get Keyshawn to replace Booker. Hopefully Samuel wants to come back to Florida. Then if Beck, and the Ginn Family hit the ground running, things may not be so bad.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our staring qb isn't on the team yet.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous lb said...

eck had his shot and he looked like he was a headstart quarterback, trying to play in the NFL,he was that bad. Dude did you not watch the games?

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I seen the headlines for the cuts, I was like, okay now it starts. I'm kinda glad about the cuts because we are in REBUILDing mode. I think by letting these guys go, Parcells has already seen the list of potential free agents is ready to replace the ones he let go. So now our rebuilding begins. I think the veterans we should go for is Bouldin, Fabini, Flozel, & Asante. At least that way we would still have a veteran presence in the locker room. For the #1 pick, I say trade out or take the best available versus need. We passed up Quinn for Ginn??!! WTF we wouldn't be talking about taking a QB this year if Mueller and Cameron would have taken Quinn and we'd still have Chambers. Thank God for this new Regime... As for JT and Zack, Man I love those guys and have their jerseys, but the NFL is a business and if we have to part ways to get more personel for the future so be it. It just sucks as a fan because these guys have gone to war for us even when things weren't right. But I think the Tuna is gonna do his job and really get the Dolphins back into contention. My prediction 2008-09: 8-8 maybe 9-7 (just missing playoffs) we are rebuilding. ~ Ramon Calif. Dolfan

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God some of you posters make my eyes want to bleed. The complete lack of football knowledge is amazing.

Anyways... I think every one of these moves were justified and really due. There was no way anyone would trade for Booker because they knew he was going to be released. Shelton is a mediocre linemen at best. He's getting paid starter money when he should be a back up. I expected most of these moves except maybe Toledo. He wasn't costing us anything and he's still very young. I thought he showed potential.

Next, I'm sure they'll let Beck have the starting role and get a backup/or most likely draft a QB high enough (maybe 2nd or 3rd round) to compete or put in if Beck struggles. I also think that's a very smart thing to do because if Beck struggles we should see what a rookie can do for the team. Joe Flacco or Josh Johnson look like pretty decent post 1st rounders IMO.

You also realize we have about 40 million in cap space this season now do to these moves. We can make some HUGE strides including prying players like Samuel/Trufant Adams/Lilja/Faneca and on top of all this we have the top pick in the draft.

It's actually an excellent day to be a Dolfan. Things are finally looking up, and we have a very exciting off season ahead. BTW, Ginn will be fine so wait and see. When we actually have a team around him to play with, it might change the situation greatly. I also personally think Beck will be fine as well (I sure hope so). NO QB last season could do well with as much blocking as this kid got. 1...1.5..SACK. 1...1.SACK.

Oh and one last comment. For all the Cameron/Mueller haters especially. The reason WHY we have this much cap space is because we cleaned house last year and we freed up a TON of salary. So this enables us to be in a great situation for this season. So, they did do some things right... their biggest mistake was not being straight up front and saying it was a rebuilding year.

6:21 PM  
Blogger DolfanTom said...

Only nine? Keep going Tuna Team!

The only one I could even sort of make an argument for keeping was Booker, and that's even a stretch. We stink, clean house! Another nine tomorrow?

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Chase said...

Anybody that is already judging beck from last year is completely ignorant and i hope noone is near as "dumb" as them to even listen to that BS...

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen Chase...anyone judging Beck based on his few partial games last year has ZERO clue about the game...just ignore them. They are about as ignorant as the ones claiming Quinn was the answer when he hasn't played enough to prove one way or the other either.

To the other guy above...good call...I forgot about Trufant! He would be a GREAT addition!

Trufant, Haynesworth, F. Adams, a veteran QB (back up), and a veteran WR (CJ???) would be NIIIIICE.


7:46 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Hopefully the dolphins add some veterans to help the offense. Also any chance of the dolphins getting Keyshawn Johnson? If he becomes a dolphin he would certainly be a big target for John Beck and also can help develop Tedd Ginn which has potential to be a great reciever

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that when they cut Keith Traylor the Tuna did it respectfully or else he's really gonna hear it from Jason, Zach, and Joey.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Possibly making room (roster and cap) to bring in Flozell and move Carey back to RT or drafting the other Long.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous aphinsfan said...

See ya wouldn't want to be ya..did anybody watch the pro bowl yesterday..there were 12 or 13 Cowboys out there..all except one were from the Jeff Ireland, Bill Parcells era these guys know talent and if they say they have to go then so be it!!!!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chase and JinVa have the right idea

Any analysis made on Beck based on last year is wrong. If you say he is good your wrong, if you say he's bad, your wrong. Quinn looked good in the final game for Cleveland, Beck would to if he had to throw to Winslow, Edwards, and co.

Beck was able to throw to the guy that was cut, the unpolished receiver, and some guy named Camarillo. There is no analysis to be made on Beck and I think he can be a starter for this team for a good amount of time, more stability than Fiedler, Lucas, Griese, Rosenfels, Feeley, Frerotte, Huard, Green, and any other Wannstache quarterbacks.

Give the kid a break and AMEN on the cuts.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you guys on Beck He does need time and a real shot, however Quinn is the real deal. Guaranteed D.A. will be backing up Quinn come week one.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jake long did not dominate percy harvin. from what i can remember from watching all florida games the past two years is that percy harvin is a wide receiver. usually left tackles and WRs dont play against each other. Get it right. i think you meant derrick harvey

10:43 PM  
Anonymous FinFan1162 said...

'Mando, Booker's prorated bonus doesn't get accelerated onto the Fins cap because he signed the contract with the Bears. It was accelerated onto their cap when they traded him.

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My best guess is the Dolphins are closer to 50 mil in cap money now...and I'll bet the blood flow isn't done. I see Taylor traded and Zack either led to the pasture or dumped.
I have my doubts about Beck, a quarterback is judged by what he does in bad games...not just in the good games...and Beck didn't show me anything good last fact he showed me he has a large problem grasping the football in decent weather..a true red flag..and if I can see can Parcells. You can change almost anything a QB can do in the game...except how he holds on to the football...either his hands are large enough or the're not.

1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Slot Receiver: Lorenzo Booker (a faster Wes Welker)

Great Runningback situation!
Ronnie Brown
Ricky Williams
Jessie Chatman
McFadden (if we pick up a additional 1st round pick)

It's amazing how a great front office makes a quick memory of 1-15!

2:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They just cleared some cap room on the OLine for Flozell. Adams and Carey at the tackles, Satele in the middle.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They cut Green to save some cash, but they are trying to get him back with a cheaper contract.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha. Keyshawn Johnson won't do crap for us. Remember when Chris Carter tried to play for the Dolphins...Ya..One hit and he retired again. Keyshawn would have a similar fate.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Deof Movestofca said...

I wouldn't mind them bringing Green back in a coaching position, but as a player, he's pretty much done. Not only did he have that second concussion, but he was playing lousy football even before that. Traylor is pretty much in the same position: a borderline retirement player holding on to his job because he happened to be the best warm body the Dolphins could find at that spot. The other problem with trying to trade Booker or Shelton is that anyone seeing the tapes would have seen that they were playing up to their contracts. Wherever they land, I don't see them getting much more than veteran's minimum.
As for Alabi and Toledo, it seems the message is clear: sorry, boys, the Dolphins aren't going to nursemaid you any longer. Either get serious about playing here or take your act somewhere else.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Pappy13 said...

Is anyone thinking what I'm thinking, Drew Bledsoe anyone? Anyone?

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that did cross my mind...and it positively horrifies me. He sucks.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rex is coming.

He's not the answer, but a good guy to hold down the fort until the young QBs get their legs.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather keep Cleo than get Rex.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys are talking about spending all the money right away this team is going to be no better than 8 wins why waste it on old vets like flozell and fanaca save it for younger players who hit free agency for the first time not the last

9:20 PM  
Anonymous JohnDB said...

There is no way Parcells would ever get a guy like Grossman. He turns the ball over way too much and can't read defenses. That stiff from Washington that won a few games at the end of the year, Collins I think, thats more of a Parcells type.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that these new guys dont:
1 - Spend another draft choice on an old or has-been QB for a 1 year tenure
2 - Draft a punt returner, albeit from a great family, in the first round, and
3 - Overpay declining and old defensive players $35M contracts (i.e Joey Porter).

The common sense of fans was superior to the prior brain trust we had.

Rick - Fan since 78

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dolphin Fans,

We appreciate your support and love over the years, but we regret to inform you we have released Zach Thomas. This was a very difficult decison to make, but a necessary one as the franchise will be moving in a new direction. Love,

Big Tuna

P.S. Tuna this better work or we will run that a88 out of the MIA!

3:52 PM  

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