Posted by Andy Benoit
The Dolphins have announced that they've terminated the contract of center Jake Grove. Journeyman Corey Procter, a natural guard, was signed to back up Joe Berger at center. Procter had been cut by the Dolphins just a few days ago.
Injuries have always been the Achilles heel for Grove. As a Raider, he missed seven games in 2004, six in 2005, nine in 2007 and four in 2008. He was ultimately released prior to 2009. Despite this history, the Dolphins signed Grove to a five-year, $29.5 million contract ($14 million guaranteed), hoping that his proneness to injury would magically be cured by…what, exactly, the joy of living in South Florida?
Instead, Grove wound up missing the majority of six games in 2009 with an ankle injury. (To his credit, he valiantly tried to fight through it a few times.) This preseason, he dealt with an AC shoulder joint problem. After the injury woes cost Grove the starting center job, and the Dolphins decided that they didn’t want to pay big money to a 30-year-old backup.
Grove is a crafty, gritty run-blocker who should get a chance to make another NFL roster in the future. But whoever signs him will likely fork over only the veteran minimum.
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