Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Miami Dolphins cut Mario Williams, hold off on Branden Albert

Miami Dolphins cut Mario Williams, hold off on Branden Albert

Every sports site or channel had the Miami Dolphins cutting left OT Branden Albert.

The Dolphins might move 2016 first-round pick Laremy Tunsil to left tackle if they move on from Albert. Albert, who made a Pro Bowl as recently as 2015, has two years remaining on his current contract and a cap hit of $10.6 million for 2017. But it's also not certain the 32-year-old Albert wants to join a team that's not considered close to contending. He started all 35 games he played for the Dolphins, including 12 last season. He mostly played guard in Miami this season with the exception of a few spot starts at left tackle, but he has the experience of playing the premier position on the O-line.

Inevitably Albert is going to miss time next season and it's only a question of how much time will be missed.

The Giants have over $30 million in cap space, and Albert's salary next year represents a road block to completing their offseason goals.

Williams' release is not a surprise.

Former Dolphins defensive coordinator - now Broncos head coach - Vance Joseph called Williams out last season, saying he needed to "play harder".

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Former standout OR cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was waived Thursday by the Miami Dolphins, six months after his season ended prematurely due to a knee injury suffered in training camp.

Also on the cut list is defensive tackle Earl MItchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Williams appeared in 13 games and finished with just 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

It's a position he is ready to take.

Williams, 32, will likely only receive one-year offers after a disappointing campaign. He also missed the 2016 season after the Dolphins placed him on injured reserve on August 9, 2016.

Williams had just 1.5 sacks last season.

These are only the first of a series of moves the Dolphins will undertake this spring. With Albert gone and Tunsil moving outside, the Dolphins can address the vacancy at guard in free agency or the draft.

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