Sunday, August 9, 2009

FB Matt Quillen becomes third player to leave team this week

Okay, now this is just getting ridiculous.

First it was undrafted offensive tackle SirVincent Rogers. Then safety Ethan Kilmer. Now, recently signed fullback Matt Quillen has become the third player in the past week to walk away from the Miami Dolphins.

Quillen was the newest member of the Dolphins, signing just three days ago after the team waived fullback Chris Brown. A New Mexico product, Quillen was competing for a backup fullback/special teams job and auditioning for a potential practice squad spot.

With the departures of Rogers, Kilmer and Quillen, plus Brennan Marion going on injured reserve, the Dolphins are four under the current 80-man roster limit. If they don't add anyone else, they'll need to release just one player to reach Sept. 1's 75-man limit.

That being the case, the team figures to fill at least a few of the spots with camp bodies, even if they don't get all the way back up to 80 the rest of the preseason. Another receiver seems likely, as does another fullback, as Lousaka Polite is the only one left on the roster.

Second-year fullback Chris Brown, who was waived to make room for Quillen, cleared waivers and is now a free agent. It is possible he could be brought back, though it's unknown at this point if either party is interested in a reunion.

In all, none of these departures has really hurt the team, as none of the players involved were likely to stick around past the final cuts anyway. It's also likely a coincidence that it has happened this many times in such short span, as each of the players that has quit did so for personal reasons.