I will now consider seven players who have about the same opportunity to make the 53-man roster as they do to be left out.
Dan Carpenter is not on the bubble because, barring an injury to Caleb Sturgis, he is almost guaranteed a send-off. Not only does Carpenter make about $2.5 million more than Sturgis, he has not been reliable in game-deciding situations.
Tight ends Michael Egnew and Charles Clay also are likely to stay. Egnew has shown improvement so far this offseason, and as ESPN.com's James Walker points out, the Missouri standout is too big (6'5") and fast (4.62 40-yard dash) for the Dolphins to give up on after only one NFL season.
Clay is valuable because of his versatility. The Tulsa star will be Miami's fourth tight end and its pass-catching fullback, regardless of whether Vonta Leach or Jorvorskie Lane will be on top of the depth chart.
Let's look at some Dolphins squarely on the roster bubble.