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Dolphins make a number of roster moves, including the release of Wilford and the trade of two linemen

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Whenever I'm not around for a period of time, news breaks.  Today has been no different - with the Dolphins making several roster moves.

The Dolphins announced that they have waived Anthony Kimble, Orion Martin, Chris Williams, Tearrius George, and Joe Cohen.  They also terminated the contract of Ernest Wilford - last season's bust from free agency.

Meanwhile, several sources are reporting that the Dolphins have traded backup guard Andy Alleman to the Kansas City Chiefs.  But that's not all.  Jeff Darlington is also reporting that backup lineman Ike Ndukwe was also sent to Kansas City in that package.  But it's unknown what the Dolphins have received in return from the Chiefs - who are now run by Bill Parcells' son-in-law Scott Pioli.

This means the Dolphins currently have 11 offensive linemen on the roster battling for what will likely result in 9 roster spots.

Getting back to Wilford, his release will cost the Dolphins $4.5 million against their 2009 salary cap thanks to the guaranteed money the Dolphins handed Ernest last offseason.  But the Fins clearly felt that keeping him around because of his contract wasn't worth the loss of a roster spot for a young guy with a lot of upside - potentially John Nalbone.

As far as former fan-favorite Chris Williams goes, he was waived/injured - not just waived.  So if he goes unclaimed on waivers, he will be placed on Injured Reserve for the year with the Dolphins.  While players on IR can't practice with the team, he would still be property of the Dolphins and could work out individually to improve his ability to field punts.

[UPDATE: The Dolphins are receiving an undisclosed draft pick in 2010 for the two guards.]