Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Former Chief Branden Albert released by Dolphins

Former Chief Branden Albert released by Dolphins

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Miami Dolphins are releasing offensive lineman Branden Albert on Thursday.

The Dolphins signed Albert in 2014.

With Albert now on the free agent market Tunsil is free to move from left guard to left tackle, where he excelled at Ole Miss.

The Dolphins will save $20.4 million in salary cap space with the four moves, affording themselves flexibility to either retain upcoming free agents (including receiver Kenny Stills and defensive end Andre Branch), find new free agents or possibly extend the contracts of players such as receiver Jarvis Landry and safety Reshad Jones. Williams' departure saves the Dolphins $8.5 million.

He didn't play a full season in any of his three seasons with the Dolphins because of injuries, including a dislocated wrist last season that he had surgically repaired in November. Albert is going to lose his job to Laremy Tunsil, and it seems like Williams has become less and less useful as time goes on.

Williams, 32, signed with the Dolphins last offseason after he was released by the Buffalo Bills.

"Williams, 32, was set to cost the Dolphins $10.5 million against the cap in 2017 and that was simply too much based on his modest, if not barely visible contribution in 2016". Williams, an 11-year veteran, started the season's first five games before being replaced by Cameron Wake, who turned in a Pro Bowl worthy season from that point on.

Once the top pick in the NFL Draft, Williams put up all of 1.5 sacks in 2016.

He has 206 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his career.

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