The cost cutting moves of the offseason for the Dolphins has begun, as today reports say the team has cut both left tackle Branden Albert and linebacker Mario Williams.
Reports state the team also is releasing defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
Releasing Albert is a move that will open the door for last seasons’ first-round pick Laremy Tunsil to step in and become the starter in his second season.
Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post gave his take on the roster cuts:
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.
From the moment Tunsil was drafted, it was obvious even to Albert that Tunsil eventually would take over that key position on the Dolphins’ offensive line. In fact, Albert helped groom Tunsil for the role last season despite declaring after the draft that he (Albert) was the left tackle of the Dolphins.
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