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Dolphins release four players to gain $20 million in cap space

Sep 21 2014 Miami Gardens FL USA Miami Dolphins offensive line at the line of scrimmage including guard Daryn Colledge and tackle Branden Albert and offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James in the first quarter of the game at Sun Life Sta

When healthy Branden Albert is very good at his job but he has missed 13 games over the last three seasons and four last season alone. He was a first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

This doesn't mean Albert will be with the Dolphins in 2017.

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

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.

Bottom line: Branden Albert remains a Miami Dolphin for now.

The New York Jets recently declined Ryan Clady's option for next season, as did the Jacksonville Jaguars with Kelvin Beachum, making the free agent market pretty damn interesting at the offensive tackle position. If they actually commit to finding a solution it shouldn't be a problem.

Free agency doesn't start for a few weeks, but the Miami Dolphins wanted to clean a little house on Thursday. Brought in as a pass rusher, the former No. 1 overall pick collected just 1 1/2 sacks last season and was set to cost the Dolphins $10.5 million against the cap in 2017.

Dolphins vice president Mike Tannenbaum said he'd prefer to address all of the team's needs - one way or another - before the draft, which is a philosophy that frees the franchise up to select the best available players early. Williams is 32 and while he could draw some interest, teams will be wary of him at this point.