Wednesday, August 27, 2008

SS Keith Davis released, more details to come

In a very surprising move, the Dolphins have reportedly released safety Keith Davis. The 29-year-old Davis was signed this offseason as an unrestricted free agent from the Dallas Cowboys.

The move is surprising for several reasons. They are:
  • The Dolphins gave him a two-year, $3.5 million this offseason and he is a "Parcells guy."
  • He's a standout special teams player in addition to having experience at both safety spots. He hadn't played poorly enough this preseason, nor had anyone else stood out, to make you think he was in danger of not making the club.
  • The move comes with the Dolphins having essentially no depth at strong safety behind Yeremiah Bell.
  • The move also comes when the team had 72 players - three under the current 75-man limit that remains in effect until final cuts four days from now.
The move is made all the more curious as the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports that Davis was initially on the team's flight manifest to New Orleans and was even given a room number, proving this was a last-minute thing.

I am inclined to agree with Salguero that there is more to this than meets the eye here. (The good news is we now have a reason for a Transformers tag on the blog!) That is why I will refrain on analyzing this transaction until more details are released in the next day or two. It is a strange move and is definitely something worth keeping an eye on.