Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dolphins release LB Reggie Torbor

In one of the least surprising moves of the offseason, the Miami Dolphins have terminated the contract of inside linebacker Reggie Torbor.

Signed to a four-year, $14 million contract as a free agent in 2008, Torbor failed to rise above a special-teamer and backup inside linebacker in two seasons with the Dolphins.

In 32 games over the past two seasons including three starts, Torbor totaled 54 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one interception. 15 of those tackles came on special teams, including six in 2009.

A fourth-round pick by the New York Giants out of Auburn in 2004, Torbor spent four seasons with the team and was a member of the Giants' Super Bowl XLII championship team in 2007.

Analysis

After the release of Gibril Wilson in March, this was the one move I most expected to happen this offseason.

Torbor has simply not lived up to the contract he received in 2008, and quite frankly it's a bit perplexing he received as much money as he did. Of course, it makes a bit more sense when you consider this is the same organization that signed Ernest Wilford and Gibril Wilson to big deals.

With the additions of Karlos Dansby via free agency, Tim Dobbins via trade, and A. J. Edds through the draft, the writing was on the wall and there was simply no way Torbor would return as a backup at his current salary.

Now that Torbor is out of the picture, I expect Dobbins and Edds to push Channing Crowder for playing time opposite Dansby. Both should at least factor into the special teams game, while Edds' coverage skills could get him on the field sooner rather than later.

Additionally, 2009 seventh-round pick J. D. Folsom and 2010 seventh-rounder Austin Spitler will hope to land a backup job and special teams role, but with the top four spots at inside linebacker likely already spoken for, they are more likely competing for a spot on the practice squad.

As always, you can check out my updated projected depth chart reflecting the Dolphins' latest roster moves here.


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