Miami Dolphins making right moves in cutting dead weight from roster

With the release of Mario Williams and Earl Mitchell along with the impending departure of Branden Albert, the Miami Dolphins are making some good moves.

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Jun 17, 2014; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tackle Branden Albert (71) blocks during mini-camp during minicamp at Miami Dolphins Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Releasing both Earl Mitchell and Mario Williams from their roster, the Miami Dolphins are moving full steam ahead into making some solid roster cuts. With Branden Albert also on his way out the door either through a release or a trade of some kind, the Miami Dolphins look to be well on their way to creating a massive amount of salary cap space going forward.

Should the Dolphins continue ahead with their plans for Albert while also releasing former first round pick Dion Jordan, the Miami Dolphins could enter the free agency period with over $50 million in cap room. With a number of players also needing to be re-signed, this amount should allow the team to both re-sign top players like Kenny Stills and Andre Branch while also pursuing some bigger name free agents.


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Also potentially hitting free agency this offseason will be players like Dion Sims, Michael Thomas, and Spencer Paysinger. With these three players plus Stills and Branch likely topping the Dolphins re-signing charts, the Dolphins should spend around $25 million in bringing back these players. That amount would leave $27 million in available cap space next season.

With some added depth and talent needed at key positions throughout the roster, the Miami Dolphins will also have some work to do during free agency. Depending on the route the team wishes to take during the NFL Draft, the Dolphins may find themselves pursuing starter quality players during free agency. Then again, the team could also focus on adding some solid depth players as well.

Right now though, the biggest question mark lingers over how the team will move Branden Albert. While the team initially said that they were going to release Albert, the uptick in interest from other teams shows that he still has many fans across the NFL. If the Dolphins could trade him for a draft pick, it would be better to get something over nothing.

That said, these moves are all good ones for this team. Cutting out to the older players who will struggle to continue at their current level, the Miami Dolphins are preparing to make a big step forward. Out to prove last season’s playoff run wasn’t a fluke, the Miami Dolphins have made some great cost cutting moves this offseason. All that’s left is to put that money to good use.

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  • Mike Andrus

    I know the author of this article would not like it but the best case possible trade with Albert would be for TE Julius Thomas. The trade would make sense for both teams & would take care of Miami’s TE situation & would give the Jags the starting LT they need while getting rid of a TE they really are not very high on. Let Adam Gase call plays for Thomas & I think Miami fans will be very happy with the results. Check out some old Denver highlight reals & you can get a feel what Miami would be getting. The hardest part like Armando suggested would be to convince Albert to play for the Jags. Only time will tell but that would be very awesome if Miami can pull this trade off

  • James Anderson

    They should keep cutting Philips, Misi, Jenkins, Brown and others I can’t think of.