Posted: 9:47 am Friday, August 31st, 2012
Live blog: Miami Dolphins cut Roberto Wallace and Clyde Gates, but keeping all 4 quarterbacks (for now)
By Post Staff
The Dolphins are hitting the practice field at 4:15 p.m. today. Most likely, they’ll have their roster trimmed from 75 to 53 players, as today is the deadline to do so. Technically the deadline is 9 p.m., but it’s hard to imagine the Dolphins practicing with someone today who won’t be on the team.
Anyway, a bit of news first before we get to the cuts:
* As we wrote late last night, the Dolphins traded backup center Ryan Cook to the Cowboys, reportedly for a seventh-round pick. Nice job by Jeff Ireland to get a draft pick for a player the team was going to cut anyway. The Dolphins now have the following picks in this year’s draft: 1,2,2,3,3,4,5,6,7,7. They gave up a 6 in the Lamar Miller trade, and got it back in the Vontae Davis trade.
* The Dolphins worked out seven players yesterday. None of them signed, but might be kept on retainer in case things don’t work out for the Dolphins in waivers. As you can read in today’s newspaper, receivers Donte Stallworth and Mike Sims-Walker. And former Bears QB Matt Blanchard was there to throw the ball. Sources told us late last night that the other players to tryout were rookie WR Brian Tyms, CB Rod Hood, CB Donald Strickland and S Drew Coleman. Hood, 30, is one to watch. He worked out with the Dolphins last September, and the team could use veteran leadership in the defensive backfield.
* Agent Drew Rosenhaus said this morning on WQAM 560-AM that receiver Brian Hartline (calf) will finally be back at practice this morning. He’s barely done a thing all training camp because of his injury, but seems to be on the road back to recovery.
And now, the Dolphins’ cuts. We’ll update this list throughout the day:
* Source says DT Ryan Baker has been cut.
* Source tells the Post DE Jamaal Westerman was cut. Signed a 1-year deal to win a spot as a backup pass rusher.
* Source says WR BJ Cunningham, a sixth-round pick, was cut. He has practice squad eligibility.
* Source says rookie LB Cameron Collins, an undrafted free agent, has been released.
* Source says WR Roberto Wallace, a third-year pro, has been cut.
* According to Adam Caplan of Fox Sports, the Dolphins have released WR Clyde Gates.
* Source says former practice squad CB Vincent Agnew has been released.
* Source says CB Quinten Lawrence has been released. Dolphins now only have four cornerbacks on the roster.
* Source says backup LB Gary Guyton has been released. Dolphins backup linebackers appear to be Jason Trusnik, Austin Spitler and rookie Josh Kaddu.
* Source says QB David Garrard is STAYING in Miami “for the time being.” We’ll see what this means for Matt Moore and Pat Devlin.
* Source says WR Legedu Naanee, DE Derrick Shelby and FB Jorvorskie Lane have all MADE the team, although Naanee won’t be secure until he’s on the roster Sept. 9, the day of the Dolphins’ season opener.
* According to Aaron Wilson of Fox Sports, the Dolphins have cut rookie WR Jeff Fuller. The former Texas A&M product could be brought back on the practice squad.
* Source says the Dolphins have cut rookie CB Kevyn Scott, but they want him back for the practice squad. Dolphins now have three true CBs on the roster: Sean Smith, Richard Marshall and Nolan Carroll, plus safety/corner Jimmy Wilson.
* According to Rich Campbell of the Washington Times, the Dolphins are working out a trade that would send Steve Slaton to Washington in exchange for WR Anthony Armstrong, who was on the Dolphins’ practice squad in 2008 and cut in 2009.
* Source says the Dolphins will be KEEPING former CFL star Marcus Thigpen, who can play as a tailback, slot receiver and kickoff returner. He will compete with Lamar Miller to be the third running back behind Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas.
* Source says the Dolphins have released OT Ray Feinga.
* Source says the Dolphins are KEEPING all four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster for now: Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, David Garrard and Pat Devlin. The real deadline for Garrard is Sept. 9, as that is the day his entire $2.25 million salary will be guaranteed. Same with Moore, who is due $2.75 million. The Dolphins have received calls from multiple teams looking to trade for Moore, but it is unclear if the Dolphins are looking to trade Moore right now. Garrard, who had knee surgery three weeks ago, worked out again for the coaches Friday morning, according to a source. In Thursday’s workout, he was dropping back, rolling out and throwing on the run. While Garrard isn’t close to 100 percent yet, he still has nine days to heal and rehab.