Miami Dolphins’ Isaiah Ford holds first post-injury press conference

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Isaiah Ford during organized team activities at training camp in Davie. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Isaiah Ford has added a bit of weight and strength and he knows a lot more about the Dolphins’ offense than he did at this time last year. But having recovered from a torn meniscus in his knee, Ford is still confident in his abilities.

“I think I’m  a competitor, first and foremost,” Ford said Wednesday. “I want to win at everything that I do. And I think that starts with my mindset on how I approach everything. I’m a versatile player. I can play inside and out. I can make those contested catches. And I’m a technician. That’s something that I pride myself on, is being really good in and out of my breaks. And running really good routes and things like that.”

Ford has shined at times this spring, one year after Miami made him a seventh-round selection from Virginia Tech. Ford’s path to the Dolphins’ roster is through versatility and consistent production.

“I’ve spent a bunch of time inside,” Ford said. “A bunch of time outside as well. Just being ready for wherever they decide to put me. I’m comfortable playing both, which is good… I think in the slot you have a little more freedom. A little more wiggle room in terms of your releases.”

Ford was injured running a routine slant last summer, against Tony Lippett. Rehabilitating his knee alongside Ryan Tannehill and Raekwon McMillan was a rewarding and competitive experience.

“That helped us push through the dark days,” Ford said. “Where we didn’t really feel like rehabbing or we were down on ourselves. And to have Ryan there as a leader to kind of help us push through was really huge for both of us.”

Ford said the three of them would see who could bike the farthest in 10 minutes while hooked up to a blood flow restrictor.

“Then our trainer stopped it because he got a little scared,” Ford said. “Whoever was up next had to beat it. I think Raekwon was the last to go so he had the record. So nobody else got to go.”

Ford said he appreciates the game more now and realizes how much he missed it. He has a better understanding of the terminology of the offense and what coaches are expecting. He says he’s confident.

“Just be available whenever my number is called,” Ford said. “My job is to compete. To execute. To know my job. To know where I’m supposed to be. And where I’m supposed to be, be there.”

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War and peace: Miami Dolphins’ Bobby McCain, Danny Amendola call a truce

Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain walks off after being ejected against the Patriots last season. (Getty Images)

AVENTURA — It’s a plot straight out of Vince McMahon’s resurrected XFL: Bobby McCain and Danny Amendola go after each other during a game, with the result being an ejection and $9,000 fine for McCain. Then, a few months later, McCain and Amendola find themselves as tag-team partners of sorts when Amendola joins the Dolphins as a free agent.

So, when McCain met with the media Friday during the annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge golf tournament at Turnberry Isle, naturally a question came up — delivered with a smirk — on whether he had met Amendola with perhaps cooler heads prevailing.

“I have, I have,” said McCain, who was ejected for throwing a punch even though replays showed it was more of a forearm. “Me and Danny, we chalked it up.”


“We chalked it up.”

(More of a smirk.)

“Yeah, we chalked it up.”

That’s McCain’s way of saying they’re giving peace a chance.

“We’re teammates, man,” McCain said. “We’ve got one goal in mind, that’s a championship. We’re happy to have him on Sundays — Sunday, Monday, Thursday, whatever day it is, we’re happy to have him on our sideline. We’re going to compete.”

That they are. Remember, McCain is a cornerback who should play an important role this season, and Amendola is being brought in along with Albert Wilson to fill a void at receiver left by Jarvis Landry.

So McCain and Amendola will see plenty of each other in Davie, on the practice field.

“They made practice really, really fun now, so it should be a good time and really competitive,” McCain said.

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase learns hard lessons from crazy 2017 season

The Dolphins’ 2017 season was exhausting for pretty much everyone involved. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

ORLANDO—It turns out there is no chapter in the instruction manual for coaching an NFL team that explains how to handle a hurricane turning your season upside down before it even starts.

There’s no section on proper procedure for moving past an assistant coach getting fired for sending a video of himself doing cocaine to a Las Vegas entertainer.

And what’s the protocol for those times when a starting linebacker disappears the night before a game and the team is on edge as it fears the absolute worst?

If he has time during what’s left of this offseason, maybe Adam Gase can write some helpful additions to that handbook now that he’s survived coaching the 2017 Miami Dolphins. The insanity of that season was such that losing the starting quarterback and middle linebacker to preseason knee injuries barely register.

“I think we had a lot of,” he said, stopping to think of the right way to put it.

“There were a lot of little,” he said before starting over again.

This isn’t such an easy thing to explain.

Gase avoided these kinds of questions during the season because he didn’t want to set a tone of excuse making in his locker room. He’s more willing to discuss it now, but it’s still difficult to be totally open without scapegoating certain players.

“There were some big things and some little things that came up last year,” Gase said. “A lot of us had to deal with a lot of adversity. I think it was a learning lesson for a lot of us.

“There were some tough spots to get put in, but I thought some guys did well. Some guys didn’t handle it as well. We probably learned a lot about a lot of guys. It was one of those things that at the time you’re going through it, it’s not really a fun thing to do, but it’s a great learning experience moving forward.”

With that backdrop, it’s easy to understand why a Dolphins official said last week one of the team’s goals in 2018 is to “hopefully just have a normal season.” It’s also understandable that Gase keeps harping on the maturity and dependability he thinks Miami added to its locker room this offseason.

Whether that’s really the chief cause for some of the Dolphins’ moves and whether it translates to anything meaningful on the field is unclear, but it’s a reasonably safe bet Gase will have fewer headaches this year.

Jarvis Landry, who had two very noticeable eruptions late in the season, was traded to Cleveland. Unfortunately for the Dolphins and their quarterbacks, he took his 1,000 yards per season with him. They replaced Landry with a hungry 25-year-old bent on proving himself (Albert Wilson) and a two-time Super Bowl champion (Danny Amendola).

Mike Pouncey’s hips required a choppy practice schedule that seemed disruptive to the offensive line as a whole, and Miami cut him in favor of trading for San Francisco’s Daniel Kilgore. Any frustrations with Pouncey were worth it considering how well he played, but Gase won’t miss the routine that kept him off the practice field so often.

Another annoyance, Jay Ajayi, was already cleared out five months ago in a deal that appears to have worked out fine for everyone involved. Ajayi won a Super Bowl with the Eagles, and Gase swapped out a noncompatible personality with a running back he’s been grooming since drafting him in Kenyan Drake.

Drake’s a player whose professionalism has teetered during his two years with the Dolphins, and the team felt Ajayi was influencing him the wrong way. Ajayi almost certainly would dispute that.

Gase has declined to specify which players gave him trouble last year, but it was an unnecessary stress considering everything else that was working against him. Collectively, the team couldn’t live up to all the rallying cries—one of them was, “Anywhere. Anytime.”—they printed on t-shirts.

“You wish you could say it didn’t have any impact,” he said “I think a lot of guys would say—Just talking to them after the season, some guys got distracted by it, by certain things… I think everybody was a little bit different, but I think we kind of fell apart to that a little bit.”

Bringing in Jay Cutler for Tannehill required wide-ranging adjustments from the offensive players.

The o-line had to be reshuffled multiple times and surely suffered from what happened with coach Chris Foerster.

Think about this: Rey Maualuga being arrested at a bar in Miami just an hour before a Saturday morning walk-through looks fairly pedestrian next to what Lawrence Timmons did.

Hurricane Irma wiped out the season opener and set the team up to begin the year with a three-week run through Los Angeles, New York and London. It also eliminated the bye week, forcing Gase to give up practice days at various points in the season to get his players rest.

On the field, the offense got off to a miserable start under Cutler, and even after the Dolphins leveled themselves out at, they endured a five-game losing streak in the middle of the season.

Despite that, Miami managed to put itself on the fringe of the playoff race in December by routing the Broncos and stunning New England in a memorable Monday Night Football game. There was some satisfaction for Gase in that modest resurgence.

“I mean, it was either adapt or die,” he said. “You had no choice. That’s the way I saw it.

“You had to figure out a way to deal with the situation and still get ready for the game, work to get our coaching staff ready and make sure our coaching staff was getting our players ready. It was interesting. It was interesting to go through a lot of the things last year that we went through.”

Of course, the Dolphins saw very little, if any, of that adversity coming this time last year, so any thought now that they’re positioned for a stable, stress-free 2018 season is overly optimistic.

There are no guarantees on Tannehill’s health or that he’s going to be anything better than league-average even if he does hold up well. They brought in winners and serious veterans this spring, but Timmons was regarded as both of those for 10 years right up until the moment he went AWOL. There’s no certainty that this newfound philosophy of this year’s whole being greater than the sum of last year’s parts will be successful.

And after what he went through last year, Gase wouldn’t be foolish enough to count on everything going according to plan. He’ll probably never think that way again.

“Expect anything,” he said. “You just never know what it could be.”

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2018 NFL free agents: Who’s left at Miami Dolphins positions of need?

Eric Ebron didn’t live up to first-round expectations in Detroit. But he’s young and athletic, two things Miami could use. The Dolphins need a tight end. (Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins have traded for defensive end Robert Quinn, signed wide receivers Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola, signed guard Josh Sitton and traded for center Daniel Kilgore.

The Dolphins have cut defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, traded away wide receiver Jarvis Landry, cut center Mike Pouncey and lost kicker Cody Parkey. And free agency is barely underway.

On paper, it is frankly not a net-plus.

Perhaps Quinn can have a greater impact than Suh because he’s a pass rusher. Perhaps Wilson and Amendola can match Landry’s production. Perhaps Sitton and Kilgore prove sturdy, aggressive additions who actually improve the line.

These are the best-case scenarios. And, let’s be honest, the Dolphins, notably coach Adam Gase, clearly did not feel they could win big with the former Pro Bowlers sent away. Gase and Miami’s front office envisioned a turnover of the locker room as a benefit.

New blood. New energy. New chemistry.

Professionals. Leaders. Winners.

Again — this is the optimists’ perspective. We understand completely if you are disappointed that your favorite players are gone. And if you’re concerned that too much talent has been jettisoned and not enough yet added.

As the weekend kicks off, Miami is actually quite well positioned in terms of salary cap space. Executive Vice President Mike Tannenbaum has about $8 million to wheel-and-deal with, likely on a few mid- to lower-tier free agents (that’s pretty much what’s left).

We know that Tannenbaum will continue to monitor any players (running back C.J. Anderson?) who may be available in trade. And we know that when Suh officially becomes a free agent on June 1, there will be about $17 million more available to sign a free agent class and perhaps a veteran who is cut at the end of training camp.

There are a lot of ways to add contributors. And of course, hitting with the 11th pick in the upcoming draft will be critical. But Tannenbaum and general manager Chris Grier don’t want any gaping holes in the lineup come draft time. They would much, much prefer to draft the best available player, regardless of position (OK, maybe quarterback is the exception to this stated goal, because of its importance).

That said, here are the positions Miami would really like to target and some of the folks who are still available (as of blog publishing):

TIGHT END — Martellus Bennett, Antonio Gates, Brent Celek, Levine Toilolo, Benjamin Watson, Eric Ebron, Troy Niklas, Luke Willson, Logan Paulsen.

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LINEBACKER — Ramon Humber, Najee Goode, Marquis Flowers.

Comment: The biggest names are off the board. A lot of older players left. Let Stephone Anthony and a draft choice compete?

KICKER — Blair Walsh, Kai Forbath, Sebastian Janikowski, Mike Nugent.

Comment: Not easy to replace the well-paid Cody Parkey. But we like Walsh and Forbath.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE — Bennie Logan, Nick Fairley, Karl Klug, Shariff Floyd, Stephen Paea, Tyrunn Walker, Jay Bromley, Clinton McDonald.

Comment: Jordan Phillips and Davon Godchaux can start. And William Hayes can rotate in, but another run stopper would be helpful.

RUNNING BACK — DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles, Eddie Lacy, Shane Vereen, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Orleans Darkwa, Andre Ellington, Mike Davis, Thomas Rawls, Kerwynn Williams.

Comment: Dion Lewis would have been ideal. Bringing back Damien Williams isn’t a bad option. There are always running backs available.

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Top 10 Miami Dolphins who must outperform their rookie deals

DeVante Parker can do wonderful things, when healthy. (Andres Leiva/The Post)

The best NFL teams pay their best players the most money.

The best NFL teams don’t clog up their Top 10 salary cap slots with under-performers.

But even more important: the best NFL teams get excellent production from much lower-paid players on rookie contracts.

For example, some fans are upset that the Dolphins chose not to pay Jarvis Landry $14-$15 million a season on a long-term deal. But even if you are outraged, you must agree with this:

  1. Selecting Landry in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft was a shrewd move.
  2. Landry, with more catches than any player in NFL history over his first four seasons, turned in a remarkable cost-result ratio, considering the club paid him only $3.47 million over 4 seasons.

That’s how the NFL is structured now. Landry had to wait to get paid. The Dolphins received excellent production at a low cost.

With that said, who are 10 Dolphins who must outperform their reasonable rookie deals in 2018 for the Dolphins to be successful?

It’s hard to say who Miami might still add in free agency and who they might draft, but it’s quite possible at the start of next season, Las Vegas oddsmakers will once again peg Miami to win between 6 and 8 games.

What The Daily Dolphin believes is that if 5 of these 10 players truly explode on the scene in 2018, perhaps they win 9 or more. Incidentally, Ja’Wuan James’ fifth-year option of $9.3 million cap hit for 2018 is technically part of his rookie deal, but he’s in a separate category and so his situation will be handled in a separate story.

Here are 10 who can truly swing Miami’s 2018 season:

  1. WR DeVante Parker ($3.5 million cap hit) — Will he be shopped, or given one more chance?
  2. OT Laremy Tunsil ($3.4 million cap hit) — He must be a dominant left tackle. On Day 1 of training camp.
  3. CB Xavien Howard ($1.7 million cap hit) — If he really is a lock down, shutdown corner, everything changes.
  4. RB Kenyan Drake ($900,000 cap hit) — Can he hold up an entire season? Can he do Chris Johnson-like things?
  5. LB Raekwon McMillan ($1 million cap hit) —  Hasn’t played a regular-season down. Will be a young QB of D.
  6. DT Jordan Phillips ($1.4 million cap hit) — Played only 38 percent of snaps in ’17. Go replace Ndamukong Suh.
  7. CB Cordrea Tankersley ($760,000 cap hit) — Does he hold off Tony Lippett? In best case, both play well.
  8. DE Charles Harris ($2.5 million cap hit) — Only 2 rookie sacks. Jason Taylor had only 5 as a rookie.
  9. DT Davon Godchaux ($605,000 cap hit) — Miami’s most eye-opening rookie in 2017. Great motor.
  10. CB Bobby McCain ($1.9 million cap hit) — Solid in the slot last season. Has talent to make even more plays.

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Miami Dolphins releasing Mike Pouncey, signing Josh Sitton, trading for Daniel Kilgore

Mike Pouncey and the Dolphins are parting ways. (Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins had a dramatic upheaval on their offensive line on Thursday, releasing a key player, signing a key player, and trading for a key player.

The Dolphins are planning to grant veteran center Mike Pouncey his release, are signing four-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton, and are trading for 49ers center Daniel Kilgore.

Pouncey, the former Dolphins first-rounder, told the Palm Beach Post he was crushed.

“I gave this city everything had,” Pouncey said. “I’m heartbroken.”

Pouncey and the Dolphins could not agree on how to restructure his contract, so he said he asked for a release.

“At the end of the day I’m a Miami Dolphin for life,” Pouncey said. “This city gave me an opportunity to play in the NFL. I think it was awesome. I had a hell of a ride here.”

The Dolphins are replacing Pouncey, 28, with Daniel Kilgore, 30, acquired in a trade with the 49ers. The opportunity to acquire Kilgore set in motion the release of Pouncey, according to a league source.

Kilgore was a reserve for the first five years of his career, then emerged with 29 starts over the past two seasons. After last season, Kilgore agreed to a new 3-year, $11.8 million contract that includes $7 million guaranteed.

Kilgore carries a cap hit of $5.4 million this season, followed by $2.8 million and $3.6 million. But the 49ers signed center Weston Richburg, so Kilgore became expendable.

“He is very much a leader of this team, and his hard work and commitment to our success provide a great example for our young team. When you come across players who love the game like Dan you do your best to keep them in your building,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said when Kilgore was extended.

Kilgore was the 23rd-ranked center by Pro Football Focus in 2017, 25th in pass blocking and 19th in run blocking.

Pouncey was the 3oth-ranked center by PFF, 14th in pass blocking and 30th in run blocking.

The Dolphins also signed veteran guard Sitton on Thursday, securing him on a 2-year deal worth up to $18 million with incentives, according to a league source.

Sitton is a scrapper and a mauler and a four-time Pro Bowler with lots of playoff experience and a Super Bowl ring.

Miami’s revamped offensive line of Laremy Tunsil-Josh Sitton-Daniel Kilgore-Jesse Davis-Ja’Wuan James should result in an improvement in the running game.

Ted Larsen might compete with Davis at right guard, but if he doesn’t win a starting position, he should provide excellent depth at both guard and center.

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BREAKING: Mike Pouncey says his Dolphins career is over

Mike Pouncey has asked for his release from the Miami Dolphins. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

Center Mike Pouncey said Thursday he has played his last game for the Miami Dolphins.

“I gave this city everything had,” Pouncey told the Palm Beach Post. “I’m heartbroken.”

At first, Pouncey said he had been asked Thursday morning to take a pay cut. But then Pouncey explained that he had actually wanted a raise in a long-term deal, but that was declined.

Pouncey said he has asked for his release and he expects it to be granted. If Pouncey is released, the Dolphins will save $7 million this season against the salary cap, according to the web site

“At the end of the day I’m a Miami Dolphin for life,” Pouncey said. “This city gave me an opportunity to play in the NFL. I think it was awesome. I had a hell of a ride here.”

Despite playing all 16 games last season, there had to be concern about Pouncey’s past hip injuries.

“I know my career isn’t over,” Pouncey said.

Pouncey, 28, was Miami’s first-round draft choice out of Florida in 2011, the 15th overall pick. Pouncey was a Pro Bowler 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The Dolphins have now let go former Pro Bowlers Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and Pouncey since the middle of last season.

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Mike Tannenbaum has money to spend, thanks to owner Stephen Ross (right). And you know Adam Gase (center) will have input, too, into how they spend it. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

The Miami Dolphins have cleared the space they need to sign some players as NFL free agency opens Wednesday.

And they need players.

Miami is poised to sign wide receivers Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola, both of whom can play the slot, in an effort to replace Jarvis Landry, whose trade to the Browns will become official today.

But there are spots on the roster Miami would really like to fill before the NFL Draft. They know they won’t be able to land — or afford many of the top players available at their positions of need — but they’ll try to do some damage.

Out are Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh, Lawrence Timmons and Julius Thomas.

Who’s in? We’ll see, but we can say these are Miami’s greatest positions of need, as of today:

  1. Tight end  Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas have not worked out and coach Adam Gase could really, really use an athletic weapon to attack the middle of the field and be a red zone threat. It could be argued that Miami might utilize fewer tight ends and more receivers if they hold on to Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Wilson, Amendola and Jakeem Grant. But right now, Miami has A.J. Derby and MarQuies Gray at tight end, and they may be more suited as #2 and #3 at their position. Top free agents Jimmy Graham and Trey Burton are already reportedly signing with the Packers and Bears.
  2. Linebacker — Stephone Anthony took some reps from Timmons last season, especially on passing downs, but Miami likely wants to add another linebacker to potentially pair with Kiko Alonso and Raekwon McMillan, who is essentially a key free agent addition himself. Some top free agent linebackers already off the board include: Avery Williamson (Jets) and Nigel Bradham (Eagles).
  3. Running back — The Dolphins really like Kenyan Drake. He’s lightning quick, he’s matured and it’s possible he will lead the Dolphins in carries in 2018. But Miami could really use a running back to complement Drake, in the wake of Jay Ajayi’s late-season departure. Gase says he would like a player who can play all three downs and can catch. He likes the idea of not having to worry too much about which running back is on the field when he’s calling a play. Some of the top free agent running backs already off the board are reportedly: Dion Lewis (Titans), Jerick McKinnon (49ers) and Isaiah Crowell (Jets).
  4. Kicker — Unfortunately for all of Palm Beach County, the Jupiter Juggernaut, Cody Parkey, is taking his talents to Chicago. Parkey was really, really good last season and really wanted to continue to play for his favorite team. But the money must have been too good. After all, who would rather kick in the Windy City? Anyone? We know most teams think you can always find a kicker, and you really shouldn’t have to pay any kicker big bucks, but Parkey helped ease fears and was actually able to make longer kicks.
  5. Guard — The apparent decision to retain tackle Ja’Wuan James means that Jesse Davis is a guard. And Davis did well at guard last season. Ted Larsen wants to play right guard but he may have to compete with Davis there is Miami signs a left guard who can, in part, help guide Laremy Tunsil toward his left tackle potential. You could argue Miami actually needs a defensive tackle more than a guard, considering the departure of Suh, but we always think adding offensive line competition and depth is a smart idea. The Dolphins weren’t going to pay a guard what Andrew Norwell (Jaguars) got on the open market, but there are some quality options remaining.

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Miami Dolphins: 5 Things to know about WR Albert Wilson

Albert Wilson is headed from Kansas City to Miami. ( Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images )

The Miami Dolphins are planning to sign wide receiver Albert Wilson at the start of free agency.

The deal will be worth 4 years and $32 million, according to NFL Network.

The Dolphins need to add receivers in the wake of the trade agreement to send Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns, and Wilson can do some Landry-like things.

Let’s all learn a few things about Albert Wilson together:

  1. Wilson grew up in Port St. Lucie, spring training home of the New York Mets. Wilson played quarterback and cornerback for the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguars. In an interview with last September, Wilson said if he could live anywhere in the world it would be Florida.
  2. Wilson played at Georgia State University and was the first player from that school invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Wilson, a member of Georgia State’s second-ever recruiting class, set records in receiving, touchdowns, and kickoff and punt returns. As a freshman, Wilson scored a 97-yard kickoff return against Alabama. The Kansas City Chiefs signed Wilson as an undrafted free agent.
  3. Wilson is small, as in 5-feet-9. But he’s really, really fast (he has covered 40 yards in 4.43 seconds) and is strong for his size. Wilson has compared himself to former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. During the draft process, Wilson said it would be good to go to a team such as the Denver Broncos, because they utilized Wes Welker and the quick-passing game. Wilson once said former Miami Hurricane Devin Hester was his favorite player. Wilson’s quickness and versatility will give coach Adam Gase myriad options in 2018.
  4. Wilson was dubbed the Chiefs’ “Energizer Bunny” by former offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, according to the Kansas City Star. In one article, Nagy raved about Wilson’s blocking, route running and comfort with Kansas City’s schemes. Nagy said that Wilson “knows what he is doing” which will certainly please Gase. Nagy added that Wilson has excellent hands and plays fast.
  5. Wilson survived a difficult upbringing. According to a Kansas City Star article in 2014, Wilson’s parents spent time in Florida prisons and thus his childhood was spent in group homes and foster homes. In the eighth grade alone, he attended five different schools. According to the article, Wilson found stability in a foster home with Rose and Brian Bailey. He reportedly also later lived with distant cousins Sherri and Robert Brown, who became his foster parents. According to an article on TCPalm, the Albert Wilson Foundation was created to provide scholarships to area foster children who wish to attend college out of state. Wilson has also held youth skills camps, which includes foster care children.

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Cameron Wake? He’s not going anywhere. (Andres Leiva/The Post)

Adam Gase has spoken about how sometimes unpopular decisions are necessary.

Mike Tannenbaum has spoken about how it’s not possible to keep everyone.

The Miami Dolphins are in the process of turning over their locker room. And that process is ramping up today with the official start of the free agency discussions window at noon.

It just so happens that two of Miami’s most popular players — actually the two most popular according to a past unscientific Daily Dolphin poll — have been jettisoned since the midpoint of last season.

Jay Ajayi was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on Halloween.

Jarvis Landry will officially be traded to the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, the first day of the new league year.

And though he was not quite as popular among all Dolphins fans, talented Ndamukong Suh is also about to be deleted from the roster.

Let’s imagine that you had told a Dolphins fan on the morning of the playoff game at Pittsburgh on Jan. 8, 2017, that all three of these players (especially Ajayi and Landry) would be gone in 1 year, 2 months and 7 days.

Would anyone have believed it?

Well, they should have if they follow the NFL closely enough.

Things change. Rosters change. Stars leave.

Unfortunately for all the Dolphins fans with #23 and #14 jerseys — well, back of the closet.

Ajayi and Landry have a few things in common. And perhaps that’s part of why they’re both gone.

It is true that Miami would not have wanted to pay Ajayi whatever it would have taken to extend him long-term. (I asked Eagles head honcho Howie Roseman about a long-term play on Ajayi at the NFL Scouting Combine and didn’t get a direct answer.)

It is also true, obviously, that Miami did not want to pay Landry what we can only assume Cleveland (and at least few others) would have/will be willing to pay to lock him up long-term.

Ajayi and Landry were also highly emotional, sometimes volatile personalities.

Gase, when both players were on the roster, even lumped the three of them together in terms of needing to all monitor how their emotions can be perceived.

Now, those two players are gone.

This presents some problems in terms of who is going to deliver energy and emotion to the offense that is needed, not just on game day, but also in training camp and during practice.

Damien Williams, for example, is a candidate, but he is a free agent, and does not currently possess star status.

Which brings us to Landry and Ajayi. They hold star status. They are former Pro Bowlers.

They are now former Dolphins Pro Bowlers.

And it is very reasonable to wonder if the organization felt that, at times, acts of immaturity had a detrimental impact on team results.

Miami, like any NFL team, wants players who possess great skill, but also serviceable emotional intelligence.

Fans? Fans like stats. And spectacle. And fun.

And no doubt, part of Landry and Ajayi’s popularity came from the fact they produced all of that.

So, who is left? Which Dolphins jerseys are we most likely to see in the stands for the 2018 home opener?

After the Landry trade news broke, the Daily Dolphin took to Twitter to ask a small group of Dolphins fans (thanks to the 2,893 who voted) who is now their most popular player. At the time, Suh was included because, well, he hasn’t been let go yet.

And yes, it is fair to wonder if Suh’s at-times volatile personality and actions played a role in his dismissal.

But back to the point. Who’s left to root for?

According to Dolphins fans who contributed to our poll — Cam Wake.

Wake, the 36-year-old defensive end, almost always seems to do everything right. And he, of course, has been around forever.

Wake garnered 41 percent of the vote. That running back Kenyan Drake (with seven career NFL starts) is the second most-popular Dolphin in our poll (26 percent) tells you something about how much things have changed since that playoff game.

For the record, Reshad Jones (18 percent) was third. And Suh (15 percent) was fourth.

And now Suh is on his way out.

That #93 jersey? Back of the closet — with the others.

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