Two More Veterans Gone

The Dolphins continued with their slashing of veteran players on Friday with the official announcement they had let go defensive end Kevin Carter and guard Jeno James. In addition, the Dolphins announced they had tendered four restricted free agents and two exclusive-rights free agents.

As reported before here, the Dolphins tendered RFAs Yeremiah Bell, Wes Welker and Cleo Lemon as the level of a second-round pick as compensation, and Donnie Jones as a seventh-round compensation level.

The two exclusive-rights free agents tendered were long-snapper John Denney and fullback Kyle Eckel. Those moves ensure that those two players can't negotiate with anybody other than the Dolphins.

As for Carter and James, the moves weren't exactly surprising, considering their age and salaries. The Dolphins talked to Carter's agent about restructuring his deal, but no agreement could be reached.

Carter was scheduled to make $2.2 million in base salary next season, while James' base salary was to be $3.25 million.

As of Friday afternoon, quarterback Joey Harrington officially remained a member of the Dolphins, which has to be considered somewhat of a surprise or else an indication he has restructured his contract.


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