Any team that is looking for a veteran cornerback is in luck: Richard Marshall has become available.
Per a league source, the Dolphins released Marshall on Tuesday. Originally drafted by the Panthers six years ago in round two, Marshall spent six years in Carolina followed by one with the Cardinals. He signed a three-year contract in 2012 with the Dolphins.
Injuries limited Marshall to four games in his first season with the Dolphins. In early November, Marshall landed on injured reserve.
Cutting him allows the Dolphins to avoid a $4.55 million base salary. He instantly becomes a free agent.
Marshall had been listed as a starter in the team’s online depth chart, across from 2013 arrival Brent Grimes. Dimitri Patterson is identified as Marshall’s primary backup, with Nolan Carroll as the other second-string option.
The Dolphins tried to trade Marshall, but no one was willing to absorb his contract, which also had a $5.3 million base salary in 2014.
Though Marshall likely won’t make $4.55 million elsewhere in 2013 base salary, he’ll likely be in demand.
The Dolphins haven’t closed the door, we’re told, on bringing him back, depending on the offers he receives on the open market.