The first official bad signing of the Tony Sparano-Bill Parcells era was decided Monday, as the Dolphins announced the release of Ernest Wilford.
Wilford, who was signed last year to a four-year, $13 million deal, struggled with the Fins, catching just three passes for 25 yards in seven games last season.
He was converted to tight end this year, and even caught a 33-yard TD pass in the Jacksonville game, but it wasn't enough.
His release leaves four tight ends on the roster.
And apparently, Chris Williams' fumble against the Panthers Saturday was a costly one, as the receiver/kick returner was also cut, though the official word is that he is injured. Williams had a good showing against the Jaguars, but was benched after fumbling in the second quarter, and he never saw the field again.
Sources say Williams could rejoin the team on the injured/reserve list, though that injury has not been disclosed.
Joining Wilford and Williams on the cut list were inside linebacker Orion Martin, outside linebacker Tearrius George, running back Anthony Kimble and defensvie tackle Joe Cohen.
Also, cornerbacks Sean Smith and Jason Allen returned to practice Monday after sitting out the Carolina game with flu-like symptoms. The team tested them for the swine flu, and apparently the results came back negative.
Smith had the inside track to start at corner alongside veteran Will Allen, but fellow rookie Vontae Davis had a strong game against the Panthers in his absence, playing for 3 1/2 quarters. Allen is projected as a nickelback and backup safety.