It was a move that seemed inevitable, given the high expectations and Ted Ginn's failure to meet them.
But Friday, just one day after Miami traded a second round pick to Denver for Brandon Marshall, the Ginn era officially came to an end in Miami after three seasons, when he was traded for a fifth round draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers.
Ginn could have been a complementary piece with the Dolphins, someone who could clear space for Marshall underneath on deep patterns.
But management and the fans had clearly soured on the former No. 9 pick from Ohio State, who caught just 38 passes for 454 yards and three TDs last year, dropped too many key passes and did not show the toughness needed at his position.
Ginn's departure means Brian Hartline, Greg Camarillo and Patrick Turner will be battling for the other two receiver positions after Marshall.
It would have been interesting to see if Ginn would have flourished in a new role with Marshall relieving the pressure on him, but the Dolphins brass had seen enough, and it's probably for the best that Ginn move on.
He joins John Beck as draft picks from Cam Cameron's ill-fated regime who were unequivocal busts here in Miami. Only Paul Soliai (fourth round) and punter Brandon Fields (seventh round) remain from Cameron's one and only Dolphins draft.
It will probably go down with some of the Dave Wannstedt-Rick Spielman fiascos as one of the worst drafts in franchise history.