Dolphins coach Tony Sparano wouldn't totally confirm Ryan's dismissal, but said a roster move was coming.
Ryan's departure makes the Dolphins free-agency haul look that much worse.
Of the 19 unrestricted free agents football operations boss Bill Parcells and GM Jeff Ireland signed before the NFL draft, seven of them are on the 53-man roster. Six of those seven played Sunday. Only two of them started. One of their keepers was WR Ernest Wilford, whom they gave $6 million in guarantees but scratched from the lineup.
As ESPN's John Clayton pointed out in a recent article, free agency hasn't been fruitful around the league. There were 29 starters found among the first 69 unrestricted free agents signed by March 10. Only five eventual starters were signed after March 10. The total pool offered 132 players to choose from.
In that context, unearthing two starters (three if you count Grigsby) sounds pretty good, but consider that most teams didn't have the number of holes or lack the amount of depth the Dolphins did.
Two starters and arguably seven keepers out of 19 unrestricted free agents is a weak batting average for a team that went 1-15 last year.
Here's a rundown of what happened (with signing dates):
QB Matt Baker (Jan. 28), waived
OL Trey Darilek (Jan. 28), waived
LB Junior Glymph (Jan. 28), waived
CB Joey Thomas (Feb. 8), waived
WR David Kircus (Feb. 28), waived
TE Sean Ryan (Feb. 29), waived Thursday
WR Ernest Wilford (Feb. 29), inactive Sunday
LB Charlie Anderson (March 1), played Sunday
QB Josh McCown (March 1), traded to Panthers
LG Justin Smiley (March 1), started Sunday
DE Randy Starks (March 1), played Sunday
LB Reggie Torbor (March 1), played Sunday
FB Boomer Grigsby (March 5), waived Monday
S Keith Davis (March 11), contract terminated
K Dave Rayner (March 12), waived
CB Nathan Jones (March 14), played Sunday
WR Tab Perry (March 20), waived/injured
S Chris Crocker (March 31), started Sunday
CB Will Billingsley (April 14), practice squad