The Dolphins released Wilson, basically admitting their costly mistake in talent evaluation, and opted to fill the free safety spot from within with either holdovers Chris Clemons, Tryone Culver, Jason Allen or fifth-round rookie Reshad Jones.
They did take a run at Steelers free-agent safety Ryan Clark, who chose to remain in Pittsburgh, but passed on veteran Darren Sharper. They may still be in the market for disgruntled Rams safety O.J. Atogwe, who is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on June 1.
"It's going to be critical that whoever that guy is can get the group lined up and can make the plays necessary when the ball is in the air," coach Tony Sparano said at the recent rookie minicamp.