CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 25: Jonathan Wade #26 of the Cincinnati Bengals defends a pass intended for Armanti Edwards #14 of the Carolina Panthers during an NFL preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 25, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 24-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins looked to add depth to a depleted cornerback corps by signing veteran Jonathan Wade. A former third round draft choice of the St. Louis Rams in 2007, Wade has seen action with the Rams, the Detroit Lions and the Cincinnati Bengals over the past 4 seasons.
The 5'10", 195 lbs. corner has started 13 games during his career, appearing in 46 other games. He has 2 interceptions and 82 tackles. He split 2010 between the Lions and Bengals, but was cut during the 2011 preseason by the Bengals. He had not been picked up by any team before Miami signed him.
The signing of Wade was necessary for a team struggling to keep cornerbacks healthy. Starter Vontae Davis has missed three of the Dolphins first 7 games this year with a hamstring injury, while backup Nolan Carroll is struggling with hamstring issues of his own. Last week, with the depleted corps, rookie cornerback Jimmy Wilson was thrust into the starting role.
In order to make space for Wade, the Dolphins released safety Gerald Alexander for the second time this year. The Dolphins originally signed the veteran safety on August 29, right at the end of the preseason, then released him in the final round of roster cuts on September 1. Two weeks ago, Miami brought him back in to provide depth with safeties Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones both missing game time due to injuries. Jones has recovered from his knee injury, making Alexander expendable.
In other roster moves news, the Dolphins placed wide receiver Marlon Moore on injured reserve on Tuesday. Moore was injured last Sunday, although the nature of the injury has not been disclosed. Placing Moore on IR means the Dolphins only have four wide receivers on their roster, Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, and Clyde Gates. Gates missed the game last week with a groin injury - his availability for this week has not been determined.
Moore being placed on the IR means the Dolphins only have 52 players on their roster, giving them one vacancy to fill.
Wide receivers Julius Pruitt and Patrick Carter are currently on the Dolphins' practice squad; either one could be brought up to the active roster, or the Dolphins could look to the free agent market to fill the vacancy.