Dolphins Dump YB

SS Yeremiah Bell

The Dolphins let go a second high-profile veteran in two weeks on Monday with the news that strong safety Yeremiah Bell was being released. That follows last week's trade of Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears.

In the regular season recap issue of Dolphin Digest, we mentioned Bell as a possible salary cap casualty because he was scheduled to make $4.3 million in base salary next season, but the timing of his release made the move a tad of a surprise.

Salary cap moves usually get made before the start of the league year, in this case March 13.

Bell, a sixth-round pick out of Eastern Kentucky in 2003, was the longest-tenured member of the Dolphins and one of the most respected leaders on the team.

On the field, Bell led the Dolphins in tackles last season and he also played a position where the Dolphins don't have a lot of depth.

His departure probably means that free agent pick-up Richard Marshall will be used at safety, where he played last season for Arizona after playing cornerback for the Carolina Panthers.

The possibility does exist that the Dolphins could re-sign Bell at some point, but he's likely to see what kind of offer he can get on the open market.

Ironically, two teams who could use a safety are AFC East rival New England and the Jets.

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