Updated: Aug. 10, 2006, 12:23 PM ET DT Wright asks Dolphins to release him Associated Press Second-year defensive tackle Manny Wright, the subject of ridicule last summer when cameras captured him crying on the field after being chastised by Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban, has asked to be released, citing an ongoing bout with depression and his desire for a fresh start with a new team. Wright told the Palm Beach Post that, while he appreciated the Dolphins' concern for him, he felt that it would be better if he resumed his career elsewhere. "I just want to move on and I want [the Dolphins] to move on," Wright said. "I wish Coach Saban the best, but I wish he would do me this favor and let me go." Reached at his home in California early Thursday morning, Wright's father, Terence Wright, confirmed that his son has been depressed "for a while now" and that he "needs to get things in order in his life and in his career." Terence Wright said that family members will travel to South Florida this week to join his son there and attempt to aid him. He said he had "no idea" if his son will rejoin the Dolphins, and emphasized that Manny Wright's well-being is more important than football right now. The Dolphins on Wednesday were granted a roster exemption for Wright, who has not practiced since last Friday, and who had been demoted to the third-team defense. The maneuver means Wright will not count against the Miami roster. The exemption lasts until teams reduce their rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players early next month. Saban had referred to Wright's absence from the practice field as a "personal matter." Miami used a fifth-round choice in last summer's supplemental draft to select Wright, an underachiever during his career at Southern California, but a player with undeniably rare physical skills. Early in camp last July, after a practice in which he was reluctant to participate because he claimed he was experiencing back problems, Wright was lectured by Saban while leaving the field. Cameras captured Wright using his uniform jersey to dab away tears. In his rookie season, Wright played sparingly, appearing in only four games, and registering four tackles and one sack. He reported for minicamps this spring overweight, and admitted he had gained 20 pounds because he could not resist his mother's home cooking. Saban said early in training camp that he still felt Wright could be a force in the league. But in practices, Wright did not stand out, and was not challenging for a starting job on a unit that needs one of its young tackles to step up. Wright said part of his sluggishness was a side-effect of the antidepressants prescribed for him. A team source said the Dolphins are considering their options but noted that there likely will not be a quick resolution to the situation. Given his lack of production on the field, and his bout with depression, Wright probably doesn't have much value in the trade market. Miami invested a $190,000 signing bonus in Wright when it signed him to a four-year contract last summer, and that could be a factor in any eventual decision about his football future. Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here .