Tuesday, February 12, 2008

WR Booker of Dolphins available

POSTED 4:16 p.m. EST, February 11, 2008


The Miami Dolphins have cut quarterback Trent Green and eight other players in the first major personnel move of the new Bill Parcells-led front office regime.

The other veterans who had their contracts terminated were wide receiver Marty Booker, tackle L.J. Shelton and defensive tackle Keith Traylor. The team also waived tackle Anthony Alabi, defensive tackle Anthony Bryant, tackle Marion Dukes, defensive tackle Marquay Love, and tackle Joe Toledo.

Green's tenure in Miami ends eight months after the Dolphins sent a fifth-round draft pick to the Chiefs in one of the NFL off-season's most highly anticipated moves. Green started five games before a severe concussion ended his season. It is not yet known whether that concussion also ended his career.

The 38-year-old Traylor may also be finished. Traylor has had a long, impressive career, with stops in Denver, Los Angeles (a brief stint with the Raiders), Green Bay, Kansas City, Denver again, Chicago and New England before signing with the Dolphins. But he missed the final game of the 2007 season when he was suspended by former head coach Cam Cameron, and old, past-their-prime veterans who have verbal altercations with their coaches aren't the types of players Parcells wants in Miami.

The 31-year-old Booker led the team with 50 catches and 556 yards in 2007. His departure means that, for now anyway, 2007 first-round pick Ted Ginn is the Dolphins' No. 1 receiver.

"This is never easy, especially since all of these players worked hard during their tenure here," Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland said in a team statement. "In particular, 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. However, we feel these decisions are in the best interest of the team."

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