News
Dolphins release Mario Williams; trying to trade Branden Albert

Dolphins release Mario Williams; trying to trade Branden Albert

Williams was the No. 1 overall pick in 2006, while Albert was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2008 draft.

The Dolphins released starting defensive end Mario Williams on Thursday and it appears starting left tackle Branden Albert will follow him out of Miami.

Williams' release is not a surprise. Brought in as a pass rusher, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft collected just 1 1/2 sacks last season and was set to cost the Dolphins $10.5 million against the cap in 2017.


MORE: Tony Romo reportedly expects to be released, not traded

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

Williams, 32, will likely only receive one-year offers after a disappointing campaign. The Dolphins saved $8.5 million in cap space by releasing him.

It was originally reported that the Dolphins would also release Albert. However, according to NFL.com, Miami is still trying to trade the No. 15 overall pick in the 2008 Draft.

Albert signed a five-year, $47 million contract with the Dolphins in 2014. Cutting Albert would save Miami $7.2 million against the salary cap, allowing the Dolphins to address other needs. He never played 16 games in three seasons with the team, including missing four starts last season. 

Miami will move 2016 first-round pick Laremy Tunsil to left tackle to replace Albert. Tunsil spent most of his rookie season at guard, but he was always projected to move to left tackle eventually.

Share this article

Features

Latest stories

Angels 2017 preview: Mike Trout leads Los Angeles into high-risk, high-reward season

basketball

Silver: NBA very focused on having female head coach

Super Rugby

Waratahs taking no risks with Foley after concussion setback

Bellew made a will amid Haye bout death fears

football

South Korea 1 Syria 0: Hong effort sees off spirited visitors

football

Japan 4 Thailand 0: Kubo inspires comfortable win for Blue Samurai

football

UAE coach quits after World Cup qualifying defeat

football

Griezmann makes LaLiga better - Madrid captain Ramos hails Atleti star

davis cup

Murray out of Davis Cup tie

football

Australia 2 United Arab Emirates 0: Irvine, Leckie ease World Cup qualification fears

football

Partizan UEFA ban lifted after CAS appeal

EPL

Manchester United and Mourinho a good fit for Pogba, but Pires urges patience

MoreLess
Back to Top