The move creates $5.3 million in real savings, and $5.4 million in cap space. Going on 31, a groin injury limited Patterson to just six games and 241 snaps last season. With free agent Nolan Carroll expected to walk, the Dolphins now have a major hole opposite Brent Grimes.
The move is a head scratcher not because Rosario is a difference maker on the field, but because the Bears re-signed him to a one-year contract in late February. A special teamer and run blocker, Rosario figures to resurface elsewhere as a No. 3 tight end. He's stretched at No. 2 on a depth chart.
Still only 31 years old, Kuper's career was derailed by two major ankle surgeries, and he was going to be released with a $5 million base salary for 2014. Retiring at a young age should improve Kuper's chances of normal post-football life, whereas continuing to play on bad legs would've been risky. Kuper spent eight seasons in the NFL, appearing in 90 games with 79 career starts.