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Dolphins News: George Teague Waived
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Mar 11, 1998: -- George Teague Waived --

The Dolphins announced today that they have released safety George Teague. Teague was signed last spring as an unrestricted free agent to help out at the safety position, but with the emergence of Calvin Jackson and the signing of Brock Marion, Teague has become expendable.

Teague started at free safety in 6 games for the Dolphins last year, replacing Corey Harris after the first New York Jets game and losing his starting spot to Calvin Jackson in the first Patriots' game. When Sam Madison was slightly injured and Jackson moved back to cornerback in the Detroit game, Teague got his last start.

All together, Teague had 44 total tackles in 1997, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 3 passes defensed.

My Comments:

This move comes as something of a surprise to me. Without exact numbers, it's hard to tell, but I think that it will free up between $600,000 and $700,000 in salary cap space.

But the Dolphins are not hurting for salary cap space at the present time and the release of an experienced backup will hurt the team on the depth chart.

And, you have to ask whether or not it would be a better idea to release Corey Harris. His contract is bigger and that would save more under the cap. I also felt that Teague played better than Harris last year, but without detailed film study, that is difficult to tell.

I can only surmise that JJ has decided that Corey Harris can play cornerback and therefore is useful, while Teague is not. Or perhaps he's trying to save some money to try and sign Gilbert and Bowens. Or both.

Unfortunately, we will probably never know for sure.

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