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Dolphins say goodbye to Dimitri Patterson

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The Dolphins re-signed cornerback Brent Grimes, but it looks like they’ll have some work to do to fill out the rest of the group at the position.

Nolan Carroll is expected to sign elsewhere as a free agent and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team will release Dimitri Patterson. The move hardly comes as a surprise with Patterson’s departure clearing $5.4 million in cap space for the team to use for the expected addition of tackle Branden Albert and others in free agency.

Patterson was limited to just six games by a groin injury that eventually landed him on injured reserve and had 19 tackles and four interceptions in those games. He’ll turn 31 in June and the Dolphins obviously feel the price is too high for what they expected to get from Patterson in 2014.

Grimes will hold down one corner spot and the Dolphins would like to see more from Jamar Taylor and Will Davis in their second year, but they probably won’t put all of their eggs into that basket given how little they did as rookies.

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25 Responses to “Dolphins say goodbye to Dimitri Patterson”
  1. scmems07 says: Mar 10, 2014 5:40 PM

    hey, that clears up half of what bryd is asking for!!! make it happen dennis!!!

  2. craniator says: Mar 10, 2014 5:48 PM

    I’ll always be thankful for the effort Dimitri gave us in the 2013 season opener , on the road against his former team (Cleveland).
    He pulled down two interceptions and helped ensure a season opening win on the road for the first time in many years.
    Although things didn’t work out for him longer term , he put forth an outstanding effort during the short time he was with the Dolphins.

  3. believeland2014 says: Mar 10, 2014 5:48 PM

    Come to cleveland to team up with the best CB in the league JOE HADEN!

  4. prareedoggin says: Mar 10, 2014 5:49 PM

    He was solid in the games he actually played

  5. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Mar 10, 2014 5:51 PM

    Awesome corner who can’t stay on the field to save his life.

  6. mickton says: Mar 10, 2014 5:58 PM

    Lets see if Taylor & Davis can bite

  7. footballfan211 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:00 PM

    The fins are gonna make a big move in a trade to get another big name corner, JUST WATCH

  8. iamkillerfin says: Mar 10, 2014 6:01 PM

    Gotta stay healthy in this leauge but played very well when was playing!!!

  9. footstepsfalco says: Mar 10, 2014 6:04 PM

    I don’t think anyone expected him to play as well as he did when healthy this season. Sucks to see him go, but the article is right, not healthy enough, not young enough, not cheap enough. Drafted 2 corners high in the draft last year who we need to step up. if not there are other options there and for 5 mil a year they should be more reliable health wise.

  10. chapmanb2014 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:05 PM

    The Fins have 2 second year corners….At least one of these guys need to get on the field next year. As a lifelong Dolphin fan I have seen my share of bad drafts but I cannot recall a draft class that played less snaps than Miami’s last season. There is no way that Ireland could have misfired on every pick…..RIGHT??!?

  11. securb2013 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:09 PM

    They are making room for Talib!

  12. themiamidolphins says: Mar 10, 2014 6:18 PM

    “Grimes will hold down one corner spot and the Dolphins would like to see more from Jamar Taylor and Will Davis in their second year, but they probably won’t put all of their eggs into that basket given how little they did as rookies.”

    This is because Joe Philbin doesn’t play rookies for whatever reason. Jamar Taylor will likely be the teams’ #2 CB in 2014.

  13. pantsfreezone says: Mar 10, 2014 6:25 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Patterson back on a 2yr/7m deal, but if not I see the Dolphins giving the rookies a shot.

  14. ebr362 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:28 PM

    Dont be surprised if he resigns with a lower salary.

  15. phinfan says: Mar 10, 2014 6:28 PM

    We shoulda given him a backup instead. I cant imagine the defense with a healthy grimes and dimitri. Thanks DP i hope you land on a good team u deserve it

  16. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 10, 2014 6:35 PM

    garbage in garbage out

  17. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 10, 2014 6:44 PM

    I don’t compliment the Fins too often but I thought Patterson was their best DB in the games he did play and was great against the Patriots early in the year. They’ll be sorry about this one.

  18. ytownjoe says: Mar 10, 2014 7:51 PM

    Good in the games he played? That’s the story of his career.

  19. lostsok says: Mar 10, 2014 7:58 PM

    Jamar Taylor and Will Davis give Miami two nice high-upside guys as they develop. Would love to see them sign Patterson back to a low-salary high-incentive deal for insurance.

    Even he has to get he’s not worth the money if he can stay on the field.

    The big fear, albeit a fairly small one, is that Jamar Taylor is Patterson II, and is just too fragile for the NFL. To be fair, his injuries were of the significant but rare variety, so there is a lot of reason to hope it was just a glitch in his career path.

  20. liltifer says: Mar 10, 2014 8:19 PM

    “I don’t compliment the Fins too often but I thought Patterson was their best DB in the games he did play”

    Grimes was the best DB – period… If you didn’t see it, it’s because they didn’t bother throwing his way.

  21. herephishyphishy says: Mar 10, 2014 9:08 PM

    Grimes is locked down, use cap $ to rebuild O/L. Forget free agent corners, they get old so fast get D/Bs from the draft, Seattle shuts everybody down with a backfield full of 6th 7th rdrs. And undrafted F/As

  22. jrcoop says: Mar 11, 2014 12:47 AM

    Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 10, 2014 6:44 PM

    I don’t compliment the Fins too often but I thought Patterson was their best DB in the games he did play and was great against the Patriots early in the year. They’ll be sorry about this one.

    ————————————————————
    Key phrase… in the games he did play. Six. Perhaps the Pats should sign him since Aqib is going bye bye.

  23. cantonbound13 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:57 AM

    Revis?

  24. dolfan72 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:04 AM

    I’d prefer the team said goodbye to Stephen LOSS, and the new owner says goodbye to someone LOSS remains enamored with! FIRE JOE PHILBIN!

  25. drainbameged says: Mar 11, 2014 10:47 AM

    Revis to MIA?

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