They say football, like any sport really, is just a business. So when a team lets a player go over money, it’s nothing personal. But if you’re the player, it really doesn’t feel that way, does it?
There’s one scenario that does feel good when you get dumped by your team, however, and that’s this possible situation in Miami. The Dolphins let Vonnie Holliday go right before they would have had to pay him a $1.5 million bonus. He was supposed to earn an additional $5.75 million this year. But they dumped him because they thought they could get a comparable defensive player for much cheaper.
Here’s the problem, though. A player like Vonnie Holliday doesn’t just play. He mentors. He leads. He adds that unique something special that doesn’t come with a newbie (i.e., “cheaper”) player. What’s worse, the Dolphins have not built up their defense in the off-season. In other words, they thought they could do better, but there were some slim pickings out there. (Just like when a girl dumps a guy because she can do so much better, and then lo and behold realizes after the fact that she can’t.)
The Dolphins may consider bringing Holliday back and I really hope they do. He deserves to play. More than that, he’s worth the price tag.
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