Miami Dolphins

Live blog: Clowney-to-Dolphins deal a no-go, plus latest roster moves on cut-down day

FINAL UPDATE: The Dolphins, over the past two days, released these players: quarterback Jake Rudock, receivers Brice Butler, Isaiah Ford, T.J. Rahming, Trenton Irwin and Reece Horn; running back Kenneth Farrow; tight end Dwayne Allen (with an injury settlement) and offensive linemen Kyle Fuller, Jayrd-Jones Smith, Michael Dunn, Terry Adams and Aaron Monteiro.

The Dolphins released these players on defense: defensive ends Tank Carradine (a surprise), Tyrone Holmes and Dewayne Hendrix; defensive tackles Cory Thomas, Joey Mbu, Jamiyus Pittman and Durval Queriroz Neto; linebackers Terrance Smith, Tre’ Watson and Nick DeLuca; cornerbacks Tyler Patmon, Jalen Davis, Nik Needham, Davis Rivers, Cornell Armstrong and Torry McTyer and safety Maurice Smith.

Undrafted rookie Wes Farnsworth also was released, with John Denney retaining Dolphins long snapper duties for a 15th season.

Also, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley were placed on the physically unable to perform list and must sit out the first six weeks (or five games) of the season. Both had knee surgery last season.

UPDATED (4 PM): The Dolphins got down to the 53-man limit by releasing defensive end Dewayne Hendrix and receiver Isaiah Ford. That means Allen Hurns won the sixth receiver job and Temple rookie Chris Myarick made it as the fourth tight end. All of the other cuts were listed below.

But several players could be at risk of being replaced by players claimed off waivers in the next 24 hours.

One surprise: The Dolphins kept six running backs, including rookie fullback Chandler Cox and rookies Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin.

Also, Robert Nkemdiche and Cordrea Tankersley were placed on the physically unable to perform list, meaning they’re out for the first six weeks of the season at least.

UPDATED (3:58 P.M.): Put your gear back in your locker, Kiko Alonso. Despite cleaning out his belongings after requesting a trade, Alonso remains a member of the team’s 53-man roster — for now.

Also, rookie right tackle Isaiah Prince was not among the team’s cuts Saturday. He, like many around the league, won’t know their fate for sure until after the waiver process ends.

UPDATED (3:54 P.M.): Running back Mark Walton has been told he’s on the Dolphins’ 53-man roster (for now, at least).

UPDATED (1:35 P.M.): The Dolphins released undrafted UTEP rookie cornerback Nik Needham, who got a lot of first team work in practice and games when Eric Rowe was injured earlier in camp. The Dolphins had hoped to find an undrafted rookie cornerback to develop from this class but decided not to retain Needham for the 53 man roster.

UPDATED (1:10 P.M.): Per a league source, the Dolphins released receiver TJ Rahming, who was recently added. The Duke rookie cut one pass for six yards in the preseason finale. That leaves the Dolphins with seven receivers at the moment, though at least one more figures to be cut (either Allen Hurns or Isaiah Ford).

Also released: Linebacker Nick DeLuca, the former Jaguars player with 13 tackles in preseason, and offensive lineman Tony Adams.

UPDATED (1:08 P.M.): Four months ago, Dwayne Allen was projected Dolphins starter. Now he’s unemployed, in large part, because he couldn’t stay healthy.

The Dolphins reached an injury settlement with the ex-Patriots tight end Saturday, which is a polite way of saying he’s been cut.

The Dolphins parted ways with Allen and Clive Walford in recent days, suggesting their top tight ends this year will be Nick O’Leary, Mike Gesicki and Durhman Smythe. Chris Myarick is the only other tight end on Miami’s roster; as of this time, his fate is unclear.

Allen told ESPN’s Josina Anderson: “They got younger guys they want to invest more time in. They decided to let me go, but I appreciate the opportunity that they gave me. There r teams calling, but we will see. I had an offseason knee surgery that I need to heal up from. I love the game of football. It’s a great gift to all us all, but I will take some time to think about my future. I know at some point I want to go back to school.”

UPDATED (12:50 P.M.): The Dolphins released cornerback Cornell Armstrong, who was their sixth-round pick in 2018 and was an interesting prospect because of his above-average speed.

UPDATED (12:40 P.M.): In the biggest surprise of the day, the Dolphins cut veteran Tank Carradine, who had started at defensive end throughout training camp and had played well.

Carradine was looking to revive his career here after he and Oakland parted ways, and he was stout against the run in practice while also applying pressure to the quarterback.

The Dolphins instead appear inclined to keep rookies Dwayne Hendrix or Jonathan Ledbetter, along with Charles Harris. Nate Orchard was also still on the team as of 12:40 pm.

UPDATED (12:35 P.M.): The Dolphins cut former Chiefs backup Terrance Smith. He’s one of at least three linebackers cut to this point, including Tre’ Watson and Tyrone Holmes.

UPDATED (12:23 P.M.): We wrote on Thursday that Dolphins players were unhappy about the prospect of Laremy Tunsil getting traded.

So it makes sense that they’re thrilled he wasn’t traded to the Texans.

Just check out this Instagram post from Xavien Howard, who recently posed with Tunsil for a portrait that will appear on the cover of the MiamI Herald’s football preview section Sunday:

View this post on Instagram

Shaq & Kobe

A post shared by Xavien Howard (@iamxavienhoward) on

UPDATED (12:05 P.M.): The Dolphins released quarterback Jake Rudock, the former Lions backup who was impressive in preseason. He was 22 for 29 for 229 yards and a touchdown in the preseason finale against Detroit. But Miami couldn’t afford to keep a third quarterback.

UPDATED 12:04 P.M.): The Dolphins released undrafted Maryland rookie linebacker Tre’ Watson, who played every snap of the preseason finale. Watson was competing for a backup job.

UPDATED 12:03 PM: The Dolphins released Tyrone Holmes, one of the top pass rushers in the Alliance of American Football. That means none of the eight players signed from the AAF made the Dolphins’ 53 man roster.

UPDATED (11:30 A.M.): The Dolphins-Texans trade talks surrounding Jadeveon Clowney are now dead. The Houston Texans reportedly have traded Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks after Clowney has been adamant that he would not sign his franchise tender if doing so gets him traded to the Dolphins.

NFL Network’s Tom Peliserro reported Saturday morning that the Seahawks are “deep in talks” to acquire Clowney — who would happily sign off on such a deal. Fox’s Jay Glazer reported the deal has been agreed to in principle. And the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson said Seattle is sending a third-round pick and two players to the Texans for Clowney.

Those two players, according to NFL Net’s Ian Rapoport, are linebacker Jacob Martin and pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo.

What would that mean for Laremy Tunsil? He’ll be a Dolphin in 2019, unless another team makes a blockbuster offer for the starting left tackle.

So how would the Dolphins’ relationship be Tunsil long-term, now that he knows they tried (and failed) to trade him? Probably not as bad you might think.

Just as Heat’s pursuit of Jimmy Butler two weeks before season didn’t hurt Miami’s relationship with Josh Richardson, we wouldn’t expect Dolphins’ pursuit of Clowney two weeks before season to torpedo Tunsil’s future here.

The Dolphins and Tunsil will resume extension talks by next offseason.

Tunsil is under contract for two more years, plus the Dolphins would have the franchise tag as an option after that. The sides discussed an extension but agreed to wait for a while on doing one.

They will get better clarity of the size of his next deal (it will be big regardless) based on how this season goes.

UPDATED (10:06 A.M.): The Dolphins have released Jamiyus Pittman, a defensive tackle who appeared in three games with two tackles his rookie year. He seems to be a candidate to revert to their practice squad, if he clears waivers.

The Dolphins have now cut four defensive tackles this week: Pittman, Akeem Spence, Joey Mbu and Corey Thomas. That leaves four on their roster: Christian Wilkins, Davon Godchaux, Vincent Taylor and Adolphus Washington.

***

There’s lots of news expected Saturday, with the Dolphins facing a 4 p.m. deadline to pare their roster down to 53.

There’s a long list of players already cut: receivers Brice Butler, Reece Horn and Trenton Irwin; offensive linemen Kyle Fuller, Aaron Monteiro; Jaryd-Jones Smith and Michael Dunn; cornerbacks Tyler Patmon, David Rivers and Jalen Davis; long snapper Wes Farnsworth; linebacker Quentin Poling; and defensive tackles Cory Thomas, Joey Mbu and Durval Queiroz Neto, who will revert back to the practice squad if no one claims him.

The Dolphins also acquired two offensive linemen via trades Friday: center/guard Evan Boehm from the Colts and former University of Miami guard Danny Isidora from the Vikings.

Meanwhile, veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso expects to move on from the Dolphins this weekend, via either trade or his release. Alonso has asked for a trade and the Dolphins are working to accommodate that. He has cleaned out his locker - an indication that he likely will be gone whether there’s a trade or not.

Among Miami’s newest cuts: Guard Durval Queiroz Neto, who was allocated to Miami as part of the International Player Pathway Program.

The release was expected, and Neto will revert to Miami’s practice squad if he’s not claimed by another team.

Queiroz, 26, played in Brazil for the past four seasons on the two best teams in the country — Cuiabá Arsenal and Galo FA — and was a judo champion prior to playing football.

Neto began training camp as a defensive tackle but was shifted to guard, and coach Brian Flores has praised his progress. He’s one of seven players participating in the International Player Pathway Program, and the Dolphins are permitted to keep him as an 11th player on their practice squad, with teams normally limited to 10 players.

The pathway program, implemented in 2017, strives to provide elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level and hone their skills. Queiroz is the first player from Brazil to participate in the program.

Here’s more on the Alonso and Jadeveon Clowney situations.

Here’s more on the 14 players cut by Miami on Saturday.

This report will be updated throughout the day as more information becomes available.

  Comments