Dolphins Make Their Cuts
GM Jeff Ireland/Coach Tony Sparano
GM Jeff Ireland/Coach Tony Sparano

Posted Aug 30, 2008

The Dolphins made 17 roster moves Saturday to get down to the NFL-mandated roster limit of 53 players, waiving 16 and terminating the contract of another. Given the team's record last year, it shouldn't surprise anyone that there weren't many big names on the list.

Perhaps the most established player to get cut was tight end Justin Peelle, the one whose contract was terminated. Peelle started 20 games in two seasons with the Dolphins after spending four seasons with San Diego.

The next-biggest name was fullback Reagan Mauia, who came out of nowhere as a rookie sixth-round pick last year and beat out veteran Cory Schlesinger for the starting job. But Mauia this summer lost his battle with offseason acquisition Boomer Grigsby.

Meanwhile, running back Lex Hilliard became the only one of the team's nine draft picks from this year to get cut.

Making the team were the other eight: Jake Long, Phillip Merling, Chad Henne, Kendall Langford, Shawn Murphy, Jalen Parmele, Donald Thomas and Lionel Dotson.

Here's the complete rundown of the Dolphins' moves:


CB Will Billingsley

LB Titus Brown

S Courtney Bryan

C Mike Byrne

WR Jayson Foster

LB Maurice Fountain

LB Junior Glymph

T Daren Heerspink

RB Lex Hilliard

FB Reagan Mauia

LB Edmond Miles

TE Matthew Mulligan

LB Kelly Poppinga

G/T Pedro Sosa

C Matt Spanos

DT Anthony Toribio

Contract Terminated

TE Justin Peelle

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