Former Chief Branden Albert released by Dolphins

The 32-year-old was drafted in 2008 by the Kansas City Chiefs as a 15th overall pick.

The franchise is also releasing defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, according to the Miami Herald. Scheduled to count $4.5 million against the Dolphins' salary cap, his release saves the Dolphins $4 million on their cap, with $500,000 in dead money left over.

The Miami Dolphins made some notable news on Thursday, releasing three veterans to clear $19.7 million in cap space. But Albert struggled to stay healthy in his three years with the Dolphins, and Miami has spent all of last season grooming Laremy Tunsil, the team's 2016 first-round pick, to serve as his replacement. Now Tunsil is expected to move back to left tackle while the Dolphins try to find a guard on its offensive line. Cutting Albert saves the Dolphins $7.2 million on the salary cap, allowing them to address other needs. In 2015, he complained about his role and eventually joined the Dolphins as a 4-3 defensive end.

The moves are not surprising as the team has younger players to succeed these guys, and with Williams and Mitchell, they had already lost their jobs. He started all 35 games he played for the Dolphins, including 12 last season.

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

Tunsil played left guard during the majority of his rookie season but was a tackle in college.

Williams recorded 97.5 sacks during his 11-year National Football League career.

  • Rosalie Stanley