Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dolphins re-sign Gerald Alexander, place Roberto Wallace on IR

The Miami Dolphins re-signed veteran safety Gerald Alexander on Wednesday, filling a spot vacated by Roberto Wallace after the second-year receiver landed on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State in 2010, Wallace caught six passes as a rookie and was a special-teams standout with eight tackles and a handful of downed punts. He had appeared in just two games this season, recording no tackles and seeing no action on offense.

A second-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2007 out of Boise State, Alexander was signed by the Dolphins late in the preseason before being waived during final cuts. He has been a free agent since the regular season began.

The 27-year-old Alexander has starting experience at both safety spots in his four-year career, totaling 159 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles, four interceptions and 14 pass deflections in 39 games with the Lions and Jaguars. Alexander spent part of last season with the Panthers, appearing in two games as a reserve.

The Dolphins have also made a few practice squad moves this week, releasing offensive tackle D. J. Jones (who has since joined the Ravens' practice squad) and re-signing guard Ray Feinga.


Analysis

The loss of Wallace has no effect on the Dolphins' offense, as he was the team's last receiver on the depth chart and was not a factor in the passing game. When healthy, Wallace was an excellent special teams player. Although the team likes Wallace's size and upside, missing the rest of the year will hurt his stock and he'll have to battle again just to make the roster in 2012, quite possibly under a new head coach.

Meanwhile, Alexander is a nice depth signing and provides an experienced backup safety with both Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons dinged up. Alexander has shown in the past that he is a mediocre starter, though it is unlikely the Dolphins are aiming to give him a role on defense anyway barring multiple injuries.

Alexander is on a one-year deal and it is not guaranteed for the 2011 season. He'll be battling for a chance to be re-signed and come back to compete in 2012, but there's no guarantee he'll be on the roster in a month, a week, or even tomorrow.

As always, check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.


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