As the Dolphins continued their Labor Day weekend purge, they not only traded three of their biggest stars — they’ve now cut their longest-tenured player. Long snapper John Denney, who had been a member of the Dolphins since 2005 and had played in 224 consecutive games — an active NFL record — has been released, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Dolphins Release John Denney Unexpectedly
The move is a stunning one, to say the least. Although Denney was merely a long snapper, he had made the 53-man active roster after roster cutdowns on Saturday and was a two-time Pro Bowler.
Salguero had indicated that Denney could be welcomed back to the team — especially considering that the Dolphins may have had a desire to use a young player temporarily for their Week 1 opener against the Baltimore Ravens, but Denney’s agent released a statement that indicated that the 40-year-old veteran is done in Miami and looking to play elsewhere.
“Today, unfortunately, marks the end of my time with the Miami Dolphins,” Denney said in a statement released through his agent. “I want to thank the Dolphins for giving me a chance back in 2005. Over the last 14 years I have had many wonderful, hard working teammates, all of whom I would like to thank.
“I also want to thank all of the coaches I have worked with in Miami.
‘I would like to thank some of the greatest fans in the league,” Denney said in his statement. “You have shown me so much love since I first put on a Dolphins jersey! My family and I are grateful for the way you welcomed us into your community. Please know that your support, especially on social media media since the announcement has been appreciated.”
Dolphins Head Coach Defends Decision to Release Denney
First-year Dolphins head coach Brian Flores defended the decision to cut Denney — a two-time Pro Bowl selection in 2010 and 2012 — saying that it was a move that the Dolphins needed to make.
“We’re going to come out, practice, prepare, work and do everything we can to win this game on Sunday against Baltimore.”
While Flores is obviously saying all of the right things, all of the personnel moves that he’s making is sending a different message: The Dolphins are tanking.