Miami Dolphins release former top draft pick DE Mario Williams

The moves save about $20 million in 2017 cap space.

The Dolphins cut left tackle Branden Albert and defensive end Mario Williams, each big-name free-agency disappointments in their own way, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

Albert was selected No. 15 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chiefs, however, injuries have been problematic for him with the Dolphins.

They also cut defensive tackle Earl MItchell, not cheap himself at $16 million over four years (signed in 2014) and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

This is in conjunction with cutting LT Branden Albert, as the Dolphins work to clear off cap space.




Those transactions should bring the Dolphins to roughly $50 million in cap space based on the projected salary cap increase, which estimates that the 2017 salary cap will be $168 million. Albert made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2015 but his Dolphins career has been marked by injuries. Andy Reid came to town and many folks expected them to trade Albert.

Williams, 32, contributed 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the 13 games he played last season. His level of play did start to drop off this season, though, as he struggled with separate ankle and wrist injuries for most of the year.

Williams' release is not a surprise.

Williams, 32, saw little action after signing a $17 million, two-year deal in 2016.

Drafted No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans in the 2006 draft, Williams has 97.5 career sacks, putting him eighth on active leaders list. Laremy Tunsil, last year's first-round pick, will replace him.

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