The 33-year-old signed with the team last month, looking to catch on as an experienced rotational player in the their new-look WR corps. The deal kept in line with his recent status as a journeyman; since being traded by the Falcons in 2019, Sanu has suited up for three different teams. He will need to add another name to that list, as he is back on the open market.
Sanu’s production has dropped off in recent years, though he has started 10 of the 26 games he appeared in since the end of his Falcons tenure. Nevertheless, he was destined for a backup job given Miami’s depth chart being topped by Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle and Cedrick Wilson.
By releasing Sanu, the Dolphins are also paving a way to notable playing time for fourth-round rookie Erik Ezukanma. The team still faces some other interesting decisions at the position, however; the talent at the top of the roster – along with the presence of tight end Mike Gesicki – might leave room for only one more wideout to survive final roster cuts. As a result, names like Preston Williams and Lynn Bowden Jr. were reported as being shopped for whatever trade return the team could get.
Neither Williams nor Bowden could be considered locks given this news, so they could soon join Sanu in free agency as well. The latter will now look to catch on elsewhere, as teams navigate their own bubble players, as well as those let go of elsewhere during this period.