The Miami Dolphins released fullback Deon Anderson today, according to Howard Balzer of USA Today. The team also non-tendered upcoming restricted free agent tight end Joey Haynos, per Omar Kelly.
A three-year veteran of the Cowboys, Anderson was signed by the Dolphins on Oct. 19 to replace linebacker Bobby Carpenter on the roster. However, he did not appear in a game with the team and landed on injured reserve just 12 days after signing.
Undrafted in 2008 out of Maryland, Haynos was picked up from the Packers practice squad as a rookie and spent most of his first professional season as the Dolphins' third tight end.
He replaced David Martin as the primary backup to Anthony Fasano in 2009, catching 19 passes for 162 yards and two scores.
A torn Achilles' tendon suffered in a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons forced Haynos to miss the entire 2010 season, and the Dolphins used an ineffective and inexperienced combination of John Nalbone, Jeron Mastrud, Mickey Shuler and Dedrick Epps to back up Fasano during the regular season.
Though he was to be a restricted free agent in the 2011 offseason with three years of NFL service, Haynos will become an unrestricted free agent after the Dolphins declined to tender him a contract offer.
It's no surprise to see Anderson cut, as he was signed purely for special teams in 2010 and never even got to play. He was never a threat to Lousaka Polite's starting fullback job and never really had any upside to offer.
As for Haynos, it's also not a surprise to see him non-tendered here, as he is likely still not 100 percent from his torn Achilles' and the RFA tender amount would probably be a little higher than the Dolphins would prefer.
While Haynos will now be an unrestricted free agent and able to sign elsewhere once of offseason officially begins, the fact that he was non-tendered does not necessarily mean he won't be back with the Dolphins.
It's possible the Dolphins will attempt to re-sign him for the three-year veteran minimum, which would be significantly less than the RFA tender. It's also still likely the team is waiting for him to get completely healthy before bringing him back.
Even if Haynos does return at a later date, I don't expect him to return to the No. 2 tight end spot. The Dolphins need another capable tight end to aid the running game, and Haynos' upside appears to be limited as a No. 3 guy.
While Haynos is certainly a better option than the three second-year backups the team has under contract, he is not the legitimate receiving threat or mauling blocker the Dolphins really need.
As always, check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.
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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and currently works for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.