Miami Dolphins set to release Branden Albert and Mario Williams

Miami Dolphins set to release Branden Albert and Mario Williams

The move, first reported by NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, obviously would clear the way for Laremy Tunsil - last year's first-round pick and a protege of Albert's - to move from right tackle to the left side, where he would protect Ryan Tannehill's blind side.

Dolphins will be releasing LT Branden Albert today, source says. He mentored Tunsil, who was a three-year starter at left tackle at MS and played mostly guard as an National Football League rookie after he was taken 13th in the draft.

By releasing Albert, 32, the Dolphins will save $7.2 million in cap space.

"Williams, 32, was set to cost the Dolphins $10.5 million against the cap in 2017 and that was simply too much based on his modest, if not barely visible contribution in 2016".

The release of Ekpre-Olomu is not salary-cap related.

Albert has battled injuries during his time with the Dolphins.

Tunsil is expected to take over Albert's position. Albert never played 16 games in three seasons in Miami, including missing four starts last season.

The Dolphins surprised everyone last season by surging after a bad start and making the playoffs.

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.

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. Albert hasn't appeared in more than 14 games in any of the past five years, and seemed in steep decline last season.

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