Dolphins to release Mario Williams, Branden Albert

Jan 1 2017 Miami Gardens FL USA Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert is introduced before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

His release saves the Dolphins $8.5 in cap room and cutting Mitchell saves $4 million more, Salguero said, so by cutting some overpaid veterans the Dolphins have loaded up on cap room - $19.7 million more, Spotrac confirmed - before free agency starts.

The Mami Dolphins released former Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams on Thursday.

The 32-year-old was drafted in 2008 by the Kansas City Chiefs as a 15th overall pick.

The Herald reports the Dolphins are also releasing defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Scheduled to count $4.5 million against the Dolphins' salary cap, his release saves the Dolphins $4 million on their cap, with $500,000 in dead money left over.

Williams just signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Dolphins last year and I'm sure they didn't expect things to end this way. He mentored Tunsil, who was a three-year starter at left tackle at MS and played mostly guard as an National Football League rookie after he was taken 13th in the draft.

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Still, when healthy, Albert could be an upgrade over Charles Leno at the left tackle position, especially if the Bears aren't satisfied with the 25-year-old lineman's development.

Albert, 32, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, including in 2015 with the Dolphins.

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. He had 1.5 sacks last season, a massive disappointment. He was a first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Albert started 12 games in 2016.

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