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Dolphins to release Vonnie Holliday [Update 2]

The Miami Dolphins will release defensive end Vonnie Holliday today, his agent Brian Levy is telling me.

"He enjoyed his time here," Levy said. "He did everything asked of him and he can leave with his head held high. This is a business. Players leave teams and teams leave players. It's an amicable split. He's happy to have left the Dolphins on a winning note."

The Dolphins are taking this step because they were due to pay Holliday a $1.5 million roster bonus Tuesday and another $500,000 workout bonus later this offseason.

The team offered Holliday, 33, an opportunity to renegotiate his contract but it was obviously at a pay cut and not one the player or his agent wanted to accept.

Holliday would have cost the Dolphins $5.75 million against the cap had he collected the bonus and his base salary in 2009. The team saves $3.25 million by cutting Holliday but he still will be on the books as a $2.5 million cap hit.

Holliday was a team captain for the defense and one of its leaders. He led all defensive linemen with 46 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

The Dolphins are obviously expecting second-year player Phillip Merling or 2008 acquisition Randy Starks to step into the starting job, with Kendall Langford handling the starting job at the other defensive end spot. The club also has second-year player Lionel Dotson on the roster.

The defensive end spot does not immediately become a need with the termination of Holliday's contract, but it is diminished by the loss of experience and leadership. The Dolphins will likely add another defensive lineman sometime this offseason.

[UPDATE: The Dolphins have confirmed my report and released the following statement from general manager Jeff Ireland: "These types of decisions are always difficult ones, especially with someone like Vonnie, who has been a role model both on the field and off it. He was one of our captains last year and was a proven leader, not just in his tenure with the Dolphins, bit throughout his 11-year career. We are grateful for all his contributions to the Miami Dolphins organization and we want to wish him and his family the best of luck in the future."]

[UPDATE 2: The Dolphins had no unrestricted free agents visit on Monday.]

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Hey Finsuck:

Is it true your gm Mike Tananboner is bringing in Emerson Boozer and Wesley Walker in for FA visits this week? Wouldn't be surprised. BTW, get your facts straight. Unlike your pathetic Schmets, Miami doesn't go 10 years without winning, and actually wins division titles while they are rebuilding. Don't forget those golf reservations, Cheatriot fans are lining up as we speak. LOL, gangreen is such a horrible disease.

now souljahbeats is loving the signing of Cameron Wake, a loser from the CFL and Joe Berger, a loser third stringer from the Cowboys...yeah that'll get us somewhere...maybe we can sign another strong safety to a ten year deal.

OK AlienFin from romania, in today's world 1-15 is way better than 0-16.doesn't surprise me that you took the time to make the point and that is a sign of limit fin fan brain bower .see you next thursday and don't bother to answer,i am gone.

In ROD-WRIGHT WE TRUST

Replace him with Jason Taylor

is this real ?i can't think any more, sprovo is much fun to read when he tries to match the soap man nathaniel wits in funny quotes.well if nathaniel would come on now and see who's better?

Thats it finsuk, run and hide, just like your sorry team did at the meadow lands in december. Get used to it, we will pound your team regularly like the rest of the world pounds your mom.....nightly.

Eric the Jets fan,

Do you know anything about football? Gibril Wilson was a Free Safety (won the super bowl) before he was a Strong Safety for one year in Oakland...Cameron Wake is a loser??? 39 sacks in 2 years...yeah he really sucks. And we only paid him $4.9 mil for 4 years its not like he broke the bank...

soulj:

just to add to your comment re eric the bi-plane fan - Wake makes less than the invisible man "ghoston" does and figures to at least play this year.

39 sacks in Canada sir. How many has he had in the NFL? NONE! because we wasn't good enough to even play in the league. free or strong safety who cares...lets just sign another one to a 15 year deal with 12 million guaranteed.

I just hope JT does not end up in New England but I have a feeling he wants to get back at BP and I sure Bilicheat will love to have him and maybe zach

Bring back Jason Taylor!

Alienzphin , I wrote a post at 2:53 pm on the previous blog , Which was about coles in response to cutler and some issues i had with you . Check it out and get back to me. I didn't feel like writing it again.

Bartell get 13.6 mil in guarantees


Rams | Bartell agrees to terms
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 13:50:31 -0800

Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent CB Ron Bartell (Rams) on a four-year deal worth $28 million. The contract includes $13.6 million in guarantees.

I hope Gholston have half the sacks Wake get in the CFL when he's thrown of the NFL, by the way, how many sacks he produced (ZERO) and was the 6th choice of last year draft

Are you trying to say we overpaid for our safeties? 8 million and 10 million guaranteed are not huge deals...Andre Goodman got 5 million a year 10 million guaranteed in Denver and he is nowhere near as good as Bell and Wilson...but you'd probably bash the administration for not re-signing goodman at that ridiculous price huh? overpaying mediocre players, thats just how jets fans roll...

Yay!! Oh Boy!! We're saving money so Ross can bail out his decaying real estate empire. reading the posts here - - and I AM NOT A JETS FAN, I just want the Fins to compete - - I am stunned by the quiet acquiesence of many of you to what clearly appears to be a Free Agency approach that values "saving money" over all else. What's the point of saving money if you ain't gonna acquire any players??

ESPN is reporting that JT is getting released, sooo reunion... now that we have space.

JT just got cut!!!

does no one notice they are doing this to get JT back and make this team proud again????

The Titans signed Nate Washington

Eric,

I'm not trying to be mean to you. Sometimes you just make me so mad! I don't mind that you like the Jets. They are a good team this year I bet. Miami is my TEAM but the Jets are my second favorite. I root for them sometimes.

this was not me...JETS SUCK...IMPOSTORS SUCK!

joe the plumber i hear is moving to south florida to help the team to fill the gaps in defense for free to save money.

Jason Taylor to be released? bring him home...

i hate the Jets. i'm just frustrated that while teams are out signing players Parcells is busy picking his nose at the Doral Golf and Country Club.

Yea, wasnt there a blog on here about Igor Olshansky? Keep him in mind because the other DE that they were comparing him to was Chanty which is now off the market. Maybe we're abour to sign him. Who knows

Igor Olshandky... welcome to Miami.. possibly

souljahbeats-Jason Taylor's best year was in the 3-4.

gracias eric! correctomundo.

Some things just totally make me scratch my head. Why wasn't Wilford shown the door first? Vonnie is walks the walk and talks the talk of a tru pro. He's not a trouble maker, druggy, gambler, or idiot. He is however a LEADER! He worked hard a was our staple in the lockerroom. Porter is a emotional leader but, Vonnie was a LEADER when the lights and cameras WENT OFF. He didnt need to dip snuff in front of the camera to look tough. I'd rather Vonnie be over payed than Wilford, Beck, Allen or anyother Dallas cast off! I'll miss you Vonnie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unless I am getting Wilford confused with London, Mando reported months ago that Wilford would actually cost us more money to release.

Some things just totally make me scratch my head. Why wasn't Wilford shown the door first? Vonnie walks the walk and talks the talk of a tru pro. He's not a trouble maker, druggy, gambler, or idiot. He is however a LEADER! He worked hard and was our staple in the locker room. Porter is a emotional leader but, Vonnie was a LEADER when the lights and cameras WENT OFF. He didnt need to dip snuff in front of the camera to look tough. I'd rather Vonnie be over payed than Wilford, Beck, Allen or any other Dallas cast off! I'll miss you Vonnie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wellcome JT.

AJ,

We got $2.8 million in cap space back from cutting Holiday, if we cut Wilford, we take a cap hit of about $1.5 million. Maybe we cut Holiday to free up some money to be able to cut Wilford or sign someone else. Also, if Holiday shops around the league and is not getting good offers, the Dolphins could re-sign him without the crazy bonuses. But I don't think that will happen, Holiday will land somewhere and we are pretty deep at DE..(Langford, Merling, Dotson, Starks, Wright)

BRING BACK J.T. & ZACH FOR 1 YEAR & THEN RETIRE KIND OF A LAST HURRAH IF YOU WILL, CUS ALL THE SO CALLED EXPERTS SAY THE FINS WONT DO SQUAT BUT LOOK WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR!!! SWEEP OUR DIVISION WOULD BE ALL IT WOULD TAKE!!! NOW GO GET COLES!!! GO FINS 2009!!!

Is true That JT is 37 Years old that make in good company with all of our senior players

I'm not saying I love the Jets, I just said they are my second favorite team. There is nothing wrong with that.

Boy...one "controversial" move and all the doubt and negativity.

Do we trust Parcells and his management team, or don't we...or, does it all depend on the moves they make ?

jet fan in the closet?souljahbeats

J-E-T-S SUCK! SUCK!! SUCK!!!

Give it up Fan or Menace, whichever mildy-retarted 12 year old impostor you are...

ESPN just reported that the Big Tuna is negotiating with Jason Taylor; demanding a serious role in his next upcoming hollywood movie.

The only problem is, JT hasn't been called by Hollywood for the past 2-years.. LOL

Wasn't that the reason he wanted to stop playing football?

This money would be well spent on JT. He should commit to the offseason program if he wants to continue to play ball and be by his family in Miami.

He wants to win a ring and now he knows that we can be contenders. With him on one side and JP on the other, we could have 30 sacks between them... not to mention the CFL sack leader backing up both of these guys.

This move can help out our defense as much as Pennington helped out our offense.

i think this was a great move. i mean the dolphins have phillip merling a 2nd round pick and langford a 5th round pick from last year i think he was a 5th rounder or a 4th. but anyway langford played alot last year but merling was on the bench most of the time except on 3rd down he came in sometimes! u can't have a 2nd round pick sitting on the bench as a backup! he was the 32d pick last year i belive it was time to let the man earn his paycheck! i'm glad they cut holliday he was an average player but merling has alot of potential and being a 2nd round player in a draft but more likley a 1st because he was a 32nd selection! he needs to be in there earing the bigbucks! he is a big guy and alot faster then holliday and he is only like 24-25 years old compared to being 34 like holliday! so i think now that merling and langford are in there at DE we can actually probly be getting to the QB alot more this year! so lets hope that merling and langford can earn there check and get after the QB and hope they ain't busts but hey u have to find out if there as good as we all thought! but it's better to find out now then later! so if they are busts then we can draft more DE in 2010! but we for sure don't need to go out there and draft or sign a free agent de when we have 3 guys that we drafted last year for DE! espically merling who was a 2nd rounder! and langford a 3rd rounder because i know we drafted long 1st merling 2nd henne 2nd langford 3rd i think and then a ol 4th somebody 5th and thomas 6th i'm pretty sure that's how we drafted! but we already know our 4th rounder was a bust because we already cut his sorry azz the ol that was a bust but that is what happens when u can't remeber there name they usually are a bust!

HEY THE REDSKINS JUST LET JASON TAYLOR GO!!!!!!!!!!!! LET BRING HIM BACK. IT'S TIME TO FORGIVE HIM.
TUNA DO THE RIGHT THING.

jason taylor is being relese by the skins, he whant to be in florida with his family and wants to play, we got the second round pick already lets make a play for him, he is a bigger leader thaan hollyday

now i want to beat the skinz

Peace Holiday. Class act. Enough said. Merlin was a beast at Clemson hope he comes around.

RESIGN JASON TAYLOR!!! JUST RELEASED BY THE SKINS... :-D

ARMANDO!!!ARMANDO!!!!!!JASON TAYLOR..... RELEASED?????? TALK TO YOUR PEOPLE TO SEND A MESSAGE FROM DOL-FANS BRING HIM BACK...... IN THE 3-4 WITH LANGFORD,MERLING JOEY,ETC SOUNDS GREAT.... HE SEE THEY'RE NOT BULL-----ING. OF COURSE AT A RESONABLE PRICE......

I liked Vonnie and he will be missed. Thanks for your term, Vonnie!

On another note, did you say they're looking for a defensive end? I heard Jason Taylor was cut...

BRING HIM BACK DAME IT.... I STILL HAVE THE JERSEY.....

PLEASE TUNA...........................................I KNOW WE DON'T NEED HIM AND HIS PRETTY BOY -HIT BUT WE NEED HIM AND HIS LOVE FOR THE GAME LEADERSHIP ON THE FIELD AND YEAH WE WILL BE OK HAVE FULL FAITH OF WHAT YOU DO BUT HIS DANCING LIKE A PANSY IS OVER 2ND CHANCES IS WHAT OUR GREAT COUTRY IS ABOUT

Hey guys I met Everette Brown before he went to FSU. His dad was a fellow Tarheel fan but encouraged him to go to Fsu instead. E Brown was refn at my daughters youth soccer game. I talked to him for bout 30 mins. He was bright and real polite. I would have expected him to be big headed and all esp now that I see he's the top DE in the draft. I read some interviews he had lately and he said he's willing to play DE or LB don't matter to him as long as he in the nfl. Said he's willing to work on whatever coaches tell him he needs to be a better player. Sad for us unless Fins move up he'll be long gone before our 25th pick. Think he's like 6'2" 270. I love to see him on our team. Whoever gets him is sure to get a team player and role model on and off the field. Sounds corny but just thought I'd share that with everyone. Only other famous people. I've been fortunate to meet was Robert Duval and my grandpa and me put Katie Curics (spelln) a/c in. She was hot. That was over ten years ago so don't laugh

Are people really questioning Parcells and Co.?

Not even kidding here, but are you mentally challenged? Yeah, you, all of you. It really is ok if you are, I am just curious.

All they did was take a 1-15 trainwreck, barely add a stud player of any kind and turn it into a division winner and playoff team. So to question ANYTHING they do is just plain ridiculous. Pretty sure they have an idea of what they are doing.

So, let me make it easy for you...

PARCELLS AND COMPANY = RIGHT

YOU = WRONG

Any questions?

all of the cry babies who think they know how to run a team SHUTUP......WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS WHEN PLAYERS ARE TRADED OR DROPPED..OH YEA YOU CANT DO NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!JUST KEEP TYPING AWAY ON YOUR LITTLE COMPUTER HOPING TO VENT YOUR FRUSTRATIONS OUT. WHEN THE DOLPHINS WIN THE SUPER BOWL NOBODY WILL SAY ANYTHING ABOUT WHO WAS LOST ,THEY WILL ONLY CARE ABOUT THE PLAYERS THAT ARE ON THE TEAM AT THAT TIME. BILL, JEFF, AND SPARANO ARE PROFESSIONALS THEY ARE NOT IN THIS GAME TO LOSE.. TRUST THEIR JUDGMENT AND LET THE GAMES BEGIN............

ok, now I am worried, too many departures not a lot of signings, which is ok, but not even any rumors or visitors. Youth movement is great & all but VET leadership is essential.

Thank you David,

I can't believe these bums have been trashing the front office either...

Long Time fan. Who Cares.

Hey Mando make a new poll;
Would you take jason taylor yes or no.
then take it to your people.
Go Phins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, kids the menace is on line( Ive been missing for the past 2 days do to unrelenting snow up in the greatest city in the world, so great they named it twice lol..) Whats the first question for the menace??

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