Madison leads list of cuts

The Dolphins took care of some business on Wednesday, cutting four players to help themselves get under the NFL salary cap. None of the moves were particularly surprising.

Cut were longtime cornerback Sam Madison, offensive tackle Damion McIntosh, safety Tebucky Jones and cornerback Reggie Howard.

In addition, the Dolphins signed kicker Ola Kimrin and assigned him to the NFL Europe League.

Kimrin played five games for the Washington Redskins in 2004 and was 6-for-10 on field goals.

The big news, of course, was the release of Madison, who emerged as one of the best cornerbacks in franchise history after being a second-round pick in 1997. But Madison hasn't been the same player in recent years and his 2006 salary of $3.4 million made him a long shot to return -- and certainly not at that salary.

Jones was scheduled to make $3 million in base salary in 2006, also too much money for a safety.

McIntosh was scheduled to make $3.3 million, way too much for a lineman the Dolphins were hoping to improve on anyway.

Finally, there was Howard, who was one of Rick Spielman's big mistakes in his one year as GM. Howard was a backup for both of his seasons in Miami and he struggled more often than not, which made his $2 million salary for 2006 unpalatable.

It's entirely possible that more moves will be coming on Thursday, with linebacker Junior Seau a clear candidate to get released or be asked to restructure his contract.


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