One of the biggest frustrations Dolphins fans have had in recent years was the inability of tight end Michael Egnew to live up to his third-round draft status.
Indeed, ever since Egnew was chewed out by former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman in a team meeting -- a rant in which Sherman said he'd cut Egnew on the spot if he was the GM -- fans have been waiting for Egnew to either produce or get cut.
Well, the latter has happened today.
ESPN is reporting the Dolphins are cutting Egnew, citing a league source.
[Update: A Dolphins source confirms Egnew is being cut. The timing of the move is to give the player time to catch on elsewhere, I'm told.]
Assuming the report is correct, and most of the time it comes from the player's agent, then the Dolphins have created some space in a crowded tight end room.
The Dolphins have Charles Clay as the starter and Dion Sims as the next guy in the game. Clay is more an H-back type while Sims is more an inline blocker and traditional tight end.
Egnew was actually the third tight end in the rotation this preseason.
But with Kyle Miller, Brent Brackett and Arthur Lynch showing promise, the Dolphins apparently decided to cut bait with Egnew. Interestingly, Lynch still has not played this preseason and continues to be limited in practice as he nurses some unreported injury he and the team have declined to identify.
Evan Wilson and Harold Hoskins are also on the roster, although both are behind the others on the depth chart.
Interestingly, this move is a recent decision because as recently as Thursday the Joe Philbin planned to play Egnew in the Saturday preseason game versus Dallas.
“Well, you know, he missed a little bit of time, but he’s come back," Philbin said. "He got a limited amount of playing time the other night. He’s had a good week of practice. So we’ll take a look at him again in the game on Saturday and see how well he performs."
Yeah, um, not so much.
Also waived today was defensive lineman Micajah Reynolds and defensive back Jalil Brown was waived injured.