The move clears up $8.5 million against the cap.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Miami Dolphins are releasing offensive lineman Branden Albert on Thursday.
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. By releasing him, the Dolphins save $7.2 million on their cap. However, most teams will purge the roster like the Dolphins did in the coming weeks. Laremy Tunsil, last year's first-round pick, will replace him. Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Albert has been told he'll be cut, but as of the end of the day on Thursday he remains on the roster.
Albert, 32, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, including in 2015 with the Dolphins. 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. Needless to say, 1.5 sacks on the season didn't get it done. 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. Last season he was limited to nine games (five starts) because of a calf injury. Mitchell, 29, contributed 40 tackles and no sacks in the 21 games he played the last two seasons. Ekpre-Olomu didn't play in 2016 while still recovering from a serious knee injury in college.
The Dolphins surprised everyone last season by surging after a bad start and making the playoffs.