RODGERS SENT PACKING

Derrick Rodgers' days in a Dolphins uniform came to an end on Monday, with the team trading him to the New Orleans Saints for a seventh-round pick in the 2004 draft.

The Dolphins were expected to cut Rodgers on or after June 1 had they not been able to work out a trade, but found a taker in the Saints.

For Rodgers, this marks a homecoming of sorts considering he attended high school in New Orleans.

The Dolphins lost a little bit in cap space by trading Rodgers instead of cutting him after June 1, but they did get the draft pick as compensation instead of getting nothing.

"This is where Derrick wanted to go all along," Coach Dave Wannstedt said in a released statement. "In a difficult situation, what we did was try to help Derrick. The selfish thing would have been to keep him and cut him. This is where Derrick wanted to be. They wanted him, so we made the trade."

In other Dolphins-related news:

-- Wide receiver Dedric Ward, cut by the Dolphins in February, has signed with the New England Patriots.

-- Running back Lawrence Phillips has signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, a couple of weeks after being released by the Montreal Alouettes.

-- Former Dolphins safety Greg Jeffries has resigned as a scout with the team. He has been replaced by Bill Baker, who has spent the last three years as the college scouting coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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