The Dolphins released C Jake Grove on Thursday morning, only a year after signing him to a 4-year deal.
Grove signed a 4-year, $29 million deal with Miami in 2009 and was considered a major upgrade to the team’s offensive line. He started 10 games for Dolphins last season, but injuries slowed his progress. During this summer’s camp it was revealed that he lost the starting slot to Joe Berger, who proved to be a younger and cheaper alternative to Grove.
The Dolphins offensive line has been a revolving door of players since Bill Parcells took over the team’s roster management in 2007. Berger makes the third different starting center used on opening day in as many season, and aside from T Jake Long and G Vernon Casey, every other position is up for grabs week-to-week.
Grove was drafted out of Virginia Tech in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. With a reduced price tag and 56 career starts under his belt in 5 seasons, Grove should draw considerable market interest in the coming days.
The Dolphins are currently prepping to battle the Bills in their Week 1 clash in Buffalo on Sunday.