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Agent: Dolphins release Ernest Wilford

It was a failure from the beginning and no amount of experimenting at H-back this training camp could change that.

So the Dolphins have released receiver-tight end Ernest Wilford, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus confirmed the release on his twitter account.

It is an expensive proposition for the Dolphins to erase perhaps their greatest free agency mistake since Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland started handling that department. How expensive?

Wilford will cost the Dolphins $4.5 million against the cap while playing for some other team or simply sitting at home.

Why?

As I first explained on Feb. 10 (click on the archives, if you like) NFL accounting rules have changed this year and that means teams, including Miami, must immediately account for the salary cap consequences of the moves they make. The fact there is no scheduled salary cap in 2010 has forced the NFL to change rules and one rule change is that teams can no longer defer the cap hit for a player into next year by releasing the player after June 1.

If a team releases a player this offseason, be it before, on, or after June 1, the entire amount of prorated guaranteed money comes due immediately.

So what does that mean to Miami as it pertains to Wilford?

Well, believe it or not, it costs the Dolphins more money to cut Wilford in 2009 than it would have to keep him on the roster.

Wilford signed a four-year, $13 million contract in February 2008 that included $6 million in guaranteed signing bonus. Wilford, who caught only three passes all of 2008, was due $1.5 million in 2009 base salary. Add the $1.5 million he costs the team in prorated bonus -- $6 million divided by 4 years = $1.5 million per year -- and his 2009 salary cap number if he stays with the team would have been $3 million.

But because the new rules force the Dolphins to absorb the entire proration for all three remaining years of Wilford's contract if he is cut, he will cost the team $4.5 million against the cap for simply getting rid of him. That figure is the yearly $1.5 million prorated portion of his bonus multiplied by the deal's three remaining years.

Is that crazy? The Dolphins actually cost themselves $1.5 million in cap space by cutting Wilford versus keeping him, an empty space costing more than one occupied by Wilford.

It is unclear if the Dolphins tried to trade Wilford to save themselves the cap hit. Obviously, if they made the effort, it failed.

Much like everything connected to Wilford's days in Miami. As you know he didn't practice or play well enough at the wide receiver spot to merit keeping him there. The Dolphins decided to experiment with him as a last, desperate way of trying to salvage Wilford's days in Miami.

So the team converted him to H-Back in the offseason. One problem: Just because Wilford was an enormous wide receiver, it didn't mean he'd be a good H-Back. He wasn't any faster than Miami's other H-Backs and, at 232 pounds, he was considerably lighter.

And he didn't block as well. For a team that builds everything it does offensively around running the football, the experiment was not going to succeed. And it did not.

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About time

yea i don't see him finding another team to sign him....hope he is good with money because he is going to have to live off this money he stole from the dolphins for a long time.

Yep...his drops on Sat. sealed that deal. Enough is enough.

now if we can just get chris williams to start catching punts and kicks, we'd have our punt and kick returner lol

after the last game though, he might be the next one gone

We all knew it was coming. They need the roster spot. Regardless of who is running the team, mistakes will happen. To keep things in balance, remember Bess was undrafted. They got a 2nd and 6th rd. pick for Taylor and he's back working for the minimum.

The owners actually save $$ by releasing the bum. His cap hit is irrelevant unless the team is up against the cap.

You want to see a guy succeed and earn his paycheck, but it was increasingly clear that he was never going to be what he was brought in for and with they guys they brought in, he would never even get the chance. He had a chance last year. He didn't do it. So long Ernest. I guess you can cry all the way to the bank. Cuz' you really got over on this one.

Jared - He didn't STEAL anything. He got an awesome job that didn't pan out. A definite mistake no doubt, but don't blame him for stealing. Hopefully, with his size, Pat Turner can turn out to be what we all hoped Wilford would be.

Alright, it's done to Nalbone or Haynos for the 3rd TE. Maybe they put Nalbone on the PS? Or maybe they trade or cut David Martin?

Armando-

It is far fetched for the Dolphins to consider trading next year's 1st pick, and adding a receiver like Camarillo in the deal to try to make a run at Michael Crabtee, if would agree to sign? It would be great to see Crabtree, Ginn, and Bess together. Not only for today, but in the future, when Henne is ready to be the starter.

If you want to win you can't keep dead wood just because of money.

Mando, please remember that Dolphins are saving money this way

gern2000,

why would you want an unproven headache like crabtree? We already know he wants to get paid more than he is worth, thats why he hasnt signed... this is not really an option, its not like he's on the trading block and its not someone the tuna would go after

Are you kidding me? Camerillo and a pick for a rookie who hasn't done anything?!? Where do doped one up with these ideas !

NJ PHIN FAN put it right, there's a lot of teams that have won the super bowl with no star wide-out, I think its more on team unity, the team that plays together wins together.....

wilford didn't steal any money from the dolphins. the dolphins took a gamble and lost. i'm sure they will structure gambles a little differently now that they have the immediate cap hit. parcells is an immediate results type of coach, and he has sparano geared the same way. wilford didn't get it done quickly enough, so he didn't get plays called for him, then they cut his field time, which makes it harder for a player to hit and maintain any rhythm on the field. he obviously did well enough previously to be worth that kind of money to them, so it's on them for not getting their value, and it's on them for cutting himk and having to take the cap hit

Armando, wouldn't the prorated bonus have been accelerated if he was traded, too? It would obviously be better to get something than nothing, but it wouldn't change the cap situation.

Like the great Yogi Berra said "The team that scores the most usually wins"

Buh-bye! What a waste.

Another Quote from Yogi " A nickle ain't worth a dime any more"

"When you get to the fork in the road, take it." Yogi's theory---and adapted by Tuna & co., I think.

He didn't do anything last year and I know Wilford wasn't exactly blowing people away this year, but from what I have read/heard/seen I thought he was making more plays than Joey Haynos and would eventually beat him out for the roster spot because of the cap hit... but I guess that the trifecta really likes Haynos' size...

Also adapted by tuna and Co. another yogi quote that rings true for mr wilford " If you don't catch the ball, you catch the bus" but in wilfords case the limo

Matt Roth, will be TRADED, before the season starts BOOK IT!!! I have reliable sources within league circles, he is being shopped for a 5th round pick.

cuban menace, please keep quoting YOGI ,very funny and to the point .
this is could your new shtick .

Learn from the mistakes and Move on....

WR Chris Williams cut from team along with a few others today!

Jesus. You can't even be bothered to link back to your original post on why Wilford will be an expensive cut? Or even to Rosenhaus' Twitter post, which breaks the news? GREAT blogging Mando. Very journalistic.

-- Bebo

Thank you for learnin' us about the salary cap, Mando.

deuces.

You need a hug bobo, I mean bebo. Thanks for the information Mando.

Mando, please delete the idiot Bebo. I hate it when people take the Lord's name in vain.

You called it on Chris Williams, Mando. Good job.

Hey Trinity,
I hate it when "journalists" fail to properly credit sources or link to appropriate references when "blogging."

-- Bebo

bebo, why you so upset today? unemployment check stop coming? some gave to chorizo to you mama? ugly wife?

you here complaining about things that don't really matter or affect anyone. you just want to be rude... which team you like pat or jet?

It's rude to want the blog to be better? It's basic Blogging 101 to know you should link to something when you reference to it.

I do, however, think your "jokes" are rude, though.

-- Bebo

Andy Alleman traded to KC...

bebo i will pray for you to become less angry with world and to help whatever have you so mad.

Carlito,
I'm not angry at all. Just wish there was a decent Dolphins blog from one of the three major dailies covering the team.

-- Bebo

For an informed roundup of the Wilford release, go here:

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/08/24/fins-cut-wilford-loose-after-only-one-season/

And all you Mando apologists, Let's get real -- The Herald's Dolphins coverage has sucked since Jason Cole left. I don't care about your training camp flashback moments, Mando. I want to read news and analysis about the team. Not your unfunny asides and self-congratulatory 'posts.

Hey Bedo If your not happy with this blog why even come here.I hate it when people waste there time crying.

As for Wilford it's sad when a player thinks they don't have to do any thing. That the starting job is theirs. He got Big Money and thought that gave him the right to start. You have to earn it homie. Thats something Erik Green leard the hard way this year too.

Wilford should be put in prison for the money he stole. Stick his sorry underachieving heartless gutless ass right next to Madoff.

Good riddens to Wilford. Bum.

I hope Jack Grove fairs better than Ernest Wilford and Eric Green. These VaTech players in Dolphin uniforms are becoming extinct. I know the Tuna is a big fan of Frank Beamer; however, that perception might be changing.

Hey Alex,
That's an excellent point. I guess I come to this blog because I figure that the biggest daily newspaper in South Florida should have decent coverage of its #1 sports franchise. Silly me.

I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THE CUTTING OF WILFORD HE AINT STEAL NO MONEY YALL PEOPLE NEED 2 SHUT UP WITH THAT FOOLISHNESS HE DIDNT CAUSE NO DRAMA HE WAZ LAZY WEN HE GOT HERE CAUSE HE THOUGHT HE HAD THE STARTING JOB RIGHT AWAY AND HE DID BUT GOT LAZY BUT HE DID WAKE UP HE GOT STRONGER BIGGER FASTER MIAMI JUST GAVE UP ON HIM AND THEY ARE SET ON TRYNA DEVELOP GINN THATS ALL TO BE HONEST I THINK HE IS A GREAT RECEIVER HE JUS NEEDED TIME HE SHUD BE THE NUMBER 1 RECEIVER HE HAS WORKED VERY HARD MAN I BELEIVE THEY SHUD GET HIM BACK IF NOT THEN WE SHUD PICK UP MATT JONES ITS RIDICULOUS THAT HE HASENT BEEN PICKIN UP CUZ I BELIEVE HE CAN BE A NUMBER 1 DUDE IS 6'FREAKIN 6 HE IS A BEAST HE ALSO CAN THROW IF PEOPLE FORGOT HE WAZ A QB IN COLLEGE ALSO HE RUNS A 4.3 HE IS PERFECT FOR THE WILDCAT AND IS JUST A GREAT RECIEVER YES HE MADE MISTAKES EVERY1 ONE DOES I REALLY HOPE SOMEBODY TAKES A LOOK AT THIS AND TAKE IT INTO CONSIDERATION IF WE DON'T GET HIM THEY SHOULD PICK UP Reggie Williams OR MAK A TRADE FOR THE CHARGERS VINCENT JACKSON OR SUMTHIN COME ON MIAMI DO SOMTHING

Why do illiterate people post in caps? Distressing.

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