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Ex-Texan Mario Williams cut by Dolphins

Ex-Texan Mario Williams cut by Dolphins

The Dolphins saved $8.5 million in cap space by releasing Williams.

Albert's release signals the start of Laremy Tunsil's tenure at left tackle for the Dolphins, who the team has pegged a future hall-of-famer since they drafted him in the first round of 2016's draft.

Also departing were four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. 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 Dolphins could potential clear an additional $4.2 million by releasing strong side linebacker Koa Misi, but the neck surgery he underwent in October could complicate matters considering he's not fully health from a football related injury, and might be forced into retirement because of the seriousness of his neck injury.

He missed seven games in 2014, two in 2015 and four last season. He hasn't played all 16 games since 2011 with Kansas City.

It's been widely believed that the Dolphins were grooming Tunsil to be their long term answer at left tackle.

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He didn't play a full season in any of his three seasons with the Dolphins because of injuries, including a dislocated wrist last season that he had surgically repaired in November.

Williams, 32, signed with the Dolphins last offseason after he was released by the Buffalo Bills.

Once the top pick in the NFL Draft, Williams put up all of 1.5 sacks in 2016.

Tunsil spent most of his rookie season at guard, but he was always projected to move to left tackle eventually.

Mitchell was limited to nine games and five starts because of injuries.

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