Not surprisingly, Bill Parcells' ideas differ from the previous
In the Dolphins' first major player purge since Parcells took
charge of Miami's football operations, the team parted ways with
Green, wide receiver Marty Booker and seven other players Monday --
ushering in the start of what's expected to be a massive offseason
roster shakeup by the rebuilding franchise.
"This is never easy, especially since all of these players
worked hard during their tenure here," new Dolphins' general
manager Jeff Ireland said.
There is a chance that Green -- who was due a $500,000 roster
bonus if he wasn't cut and who would have cost the Dolphins more
than $3.6 million against their 2008 salary cap -- could see his
Miami tenure continue.
His agent, Jim Steiner, told The Palm Beach Post that Green and
Parcells plan to meet soon to discuss options.
"There is a window for him to come back, depending on
circumstances," said Steiner, who didn't immediately return a
message left at his office by The AP.
Most of these moves were expected, and more will undoubtedly
follow over the coming weeks as Miami looks to retool following its
1-15 season. The Dolphins haven't made the playoffs in six seasons,
the longest stretch in franchise history.
Green was placed on injured reserve in October after his second
severe concussion in 13 months, and the 37-year-old may contemplate
retirement. Traylor suggested at times last season that his 16th
season may be his last.
Booker caught 50 passes in 2007, but managed only one touchdown
for the second time in his four seasons with the Dolphins. Shelton
started all 32 games during his two-year stay with the Dolphins and
had two years left on his contract in Miami.
"I want to thank all of them for their contributions to the
Dolphins and wish them good luck," Ireland said.
Parcells has already reshaped the front office, firing general
manager Randy Mueller and other members of the team's player
personnel staff. The coaching staff was rebuilt, most notably with
Tony Sparano brought in to replace Cam Cameron as head coach.
With the start of free agency Feb. 29, Parcells' eye has clearly
turned toward the roster.
"In the case of each of the veterans, it's especially difficult
to release players who have been productive and valued members of
the organization," Ireland said. "However, we feel these
decisions are in the best interest of the team."