After initial reports that the Miami Dolphins would squat on Sage Rosenfels' rights while on the reserve/non-football illness list, the team changed their tune Thursday and placed the veteran quarterback on waivers.
The Dolphins initially re-signed Rosenfels, who played with the team from 2002 to 2005, to a one-year, $1.5 million contract on Oct. 6, to provide depth behind Matt Moore after Chad Henne's season-ending shoulder injury.
However, Rosenfels lasted just three weeks on the roster and did not appear in a game before landing on the reserve/non-football illness list. The Dolphins signed J. P. Losman to take his place.
It was initially thought that Rosenfels had suffered a recurrence of the blood infection that he had endured in the preseason with the New York Giants. However, recent reports say that Rosenfels landed on the Dolphins' NFL list with a case of mononucleosis.
As a condition of being on the NFL list, the Dolphins could choose to pay or not pay Rosenfels at their discretion, so they are likely owe him nothing by cutting him.
Once Rosenfels clears waivers, he will be free to sign with any NFL franchise. The Houston Texans are rumored to be interested in Rosenfels, who played with the team from 2006 to 2008, given that they've lost their both of their top two quarterbacks—Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart—to season-ending injuries.
Although the Texans have already signed Kellen Clemens and Jake Delhomme to back up rookie T. J. Yates, a healthy Rosenfels could still be an appealing option and would be an ideal short-term starter in a playoff run, given his experience with the franchise.
In 11 pro seasons, Rosenfels has played for five teams and has compiled 4,156 yards and 29 touchdowns against 19 interceptions. He has a career passer rating of 81.2 in 44 career games (12 starts).
As for the Dolphins, it's the right move and is one I'm glad general manager Jeff Ireland made. The Dolphins (3-8) aren't in playoff contention, so it makes no sense to keep Rosenfels shelved to avoid helping another franchise.
Ireland has already had his share of public relations issues while running this team, and trying to prevent Rosenfels from playing for no reason isn't worth the image hit he'd receive. So kudos to Ireland for wising up, letting Rosenfels continue his playing career and saving a little face.
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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.