Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dolphins terminate contract of OG Randy Thomas

Well, that didn't take long.

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly terminated the contract of guard Randy Thomas, whom they signed just last week.

Originally drafted by the Bill Parcells-led New York Jets in the second round back in 1999, Thomas has started 143 games with the Jets and Redskins and is a two-time Pro Bowl alternate.

Signed by the Dolphins on Aug. 18, Thomas had been working at left guard behind Richie Incognito and played in the team's preseason game against Jacksonville last Saturday.

Contrary to some reports, it seems Thomas had his contract terminated rather than being waived/injured. The former instantly makes him a free agent, while being waived/injured would send him to injured reserve if he had cleared waivers.

I'm not shocked the Thomas was released so quickly. It was questionable as to whether he'd be able to stay healthy or if he had much left, and the Dolphins obviously felt he wasn't good enough to hold down a reserve spot.

This move does bode well for Donald Thomas' chances to make the team, although I still believe he could be traded or released before the regular season if the team keeps only three guards.

Thomas and Cory Procter currently sit as the second-team left and right guards, respectively, although there is no guarantee the team keeps four if they decide to keep four tackles and two centers.

The release of Thomas gives the Dolphins 75 players, exactly six days before the mandatory cut down to that very number.

As always, check out the projected depth chart here.

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