Analyzing the moves

LB Corey Jenkins

The first round of NFL cuts every summer generally doesn't produce a lot of surprises or big names being let go, but the release of long-snapper Ed Perry certainly raised some eyebrows. It easily was the most interesting move made by the Dolphins on Tuesday.

To recap the Dolphins' moves, the Dolphins terminated the contracts of Perry and CB Ray Green; waived QB Brock Berlin, WR Josh Davis, WR Danny Farmer, RB Kay-Jay Harris, LB Corey Jenkins, CB Billy Parker, DE Chris Solomona and T Orrin Thompson; placed WR Kendall Newson on injured reserve; put CB Shirdonya Mitchell on reserve/non-football injury; and placed CB Will Poole and DT Larry Chester on reserve/PUP.

Of the four guys on injury lists, Newson is done for the season, while the other three will be eligible to start practicing on Oct. 17.

The only possible surprise among those four moves was that involving Chester, only because he kept insisting he would be ready for the start of the regular season.

But the truth is that Chester had yet to take part in a practice, instead working on the side on his conditioning.

We knew Poole wouldn't be ready for the start of the season, and it still would be a major bonus if he played at all in 2005.

Let's now turn out attention to the players released.

Berlin: It's funny when you think that some callers to radio talk shows actually suggested he should be given a shot at the starting job. The truth is Berlin played above and beyond what anyone could have expected this summer, but he's still a marginal prospect who simply doesn't have the tools to ever have much of an NFL quarterback.

Davis: He showed some ability, but the Dolphins are pretty deep at this position with Chris Chambers, Marty Booker, David Boston, Wes Welker and Bryan Gilmore, not to mention Derrius Thompson. Davis is a guy who could resurface someplace and become a decent receiver.

Harris: He's another young guy with ability but stuck at a position with a lot of depth. The writing was on the wall for Harris given that he carried the ball only twice in the preseason. He's another guy who could resurface somewhere, but he's 27 already so he doesn't have much time to waste.

Farmer: This was a no-brainer, regardless of his nice catch against Tampa Bay. Farmer has experience in the NFL and perhaps could be of interest to a team really short on wideouts.

Jenkins: Jenkins' ticket to the NFL has to be on special teams, but his problem in Miami is the Dolphins have a lot of other players who are good in that aspect. He might have a hard time getting another job in the league.

Parker: There was some thought at one point that he could be a sleeper because of his credentials from the Arena League, but he never showed enough this summer to merit a longer look.

Solomona: The Dolphins have some depth along the defensive line and Solomona never had a chance.

Thompson: He was signed as a defensive tackle before switching over to the offensive line. That put him at a disadvantage right from the start.

Green: He spent time on the Dolphins' active roster a few years back and has bounced around since then. The truth is he's a journeyman who might have a hard time finding another job.

Perry: We left the most significant release for last. Like everybody else, this came as a shock here. In explaining the decision, Coach Nick Saban said that from a business standpoint it always makes sense to go with the younger guy. The Dolphins saved a relatively small amount of money against the salary cap with this move, and the argument could be made that any money saved is good. But the flip side is that when you have a reliable long-snapper you should hang on to him. And that's exactly what Ed Perry was. Saban wouldn't have made this move if he wasn't sold on the ability of rookie free agent John Denney, but this is the type of move that could come back to haunt the Dolphins.

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