It now appears that the Cardinals will release Pro Bowl free safety Antrel Rolle within the next week. The impetus is almost certainly to avoid the $4 million roster bonus due to Rolle next week. In addition, Arizona is hesitant to commit to a hefty new contract.
Rolle would most likely require an offer that at least approaches Adrian Wilson’s 5-year, $37 million in total dollars deal. It is doubtful the Cardinals would be willing to match that deal, which puts a ceiling on Rolle’s value to the team.
Rolle, a former Miami Hurricane, might be looking at a homecoming with the Dolphins should he become available. According to Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post, Rolle expressed a specific interest in playing for Miami and the Dolphins appear to be unhappy with their current free safety, Gibril Wilson.
Of course, these things are never clear. For instance, when coach Tony Sparano was asked in the final days of last season about Wilson, the questioner pointed out that Wilson had a disappointing year all the way around. “That’s your opinion,” Sparano responded.
Although the head coach seems to be playing it cagey, there seems to be little doubt that Miami will take a long look at Rolle if he becomes available. Whether they would sign him is obviously yet to be determined.