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Dolphins cutting defensive linemen Mario Williams, Earl Mitchell

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The Dolphins are clearing the decks of some salary today.

In addition to the previously reported release of left tackle Branden Albert, they’re also cutting defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald adds defensive end Mario Williams and cornerback Ifo  Ekpre-Olomu to the discard pile.

Williams 32, clears $8.5 million in cap space, and they might not miss him. He only had 1.5 sacks last year, and was ridden by the coaching staff for what appeared to be a lack of effort.

Mitchell started five games last year, and was set to make $4 million this year, so the calculus obviously wasn’t in his favor. The 29-year-old Mitchell spent his first four years in the league with the Texans.

The Dolphins activated Mitchell from injured reserve this season after he recovered from a calf injury, and he helped their run defense upon coming back. Now, he’ll be looking for work.

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30 Responses to “Dolphins cutting defensive linemen Mario Williams, Earl Mitchell”
  1. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 16, 2017 12:43 PM

    Out with the old, in with the younger, more suitable for sustained success.

  2. ryder09 says: Feb 16, 2017 12:45 PM

    i remember when williams was a freakish athlete, now he cant even play for the Dolphins. stick a fork in him, he is done.

  3. beachsidejames says: Feb 16, 2017 12:54 PM

    They shoot horses don’t they?

  4. alewatcher says: Feb 16, 2017 12:57 PM

    The Bills sure don’t miss him.

  5. flakeybiscuits says: Feb 16, 2017 1:03 PM

    I’m pretty certain mario williams was gifted with HOF level talent, but realized he only needed to put in about 70% effort to reach a “most of the time very good” level and decided to just cash in on that.

  6. thompgk says: Feb 16, 2017 1:04 PM

    2 year 4 million dollar deal, welcome back to Texas and the Dallas Cowboys.

  7. celticsforever says: Feb 16, 2017 1:08 PM

    Mario Williams never seemed to crest into that superstar player, did he. He WAS really really really good, but I don’t think you’d ever call him great. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think opposing teams ever had to game-plan around his ability.

  8. nbptma1 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:10 PM

    Mario Williams has to be the most OVER-RATED player in the NFL and teams like Buffalo and Miami fell for him.

  9. finsphan says: Feb 16, 2017 1:10 PM

    Between Williams, Albert and Mitchell that’s about $20 mil that they put back in the cap. Dolphins will have about $50 mil this year if not more for FA’s, so much for that “cap hell” that everyone wanted to troll about, huh….

    This coaching regime will spend the money more efficiantly, I believe. They may get one somewhat big signing but I think they bring in a bunch of guys for depth, especially on the defensive side. Considering they made the playoffs with practically 2nd and 3rd string players on defense, it looks like Gase is building a team that can compete year to year.

  10. weepingjebus says: Feb 16, 2017 1:12 PM

    It appears the Dolphins will just continue cutting players until they have no roster and can mercifully fold their tents.

  11. granadafan says: Feb 16, 2017 1:13 PM

    Albert Haynesworth 2.0

  12. joetoronto says: Feb 16, 2017 1:16 PM

    Remember when Bills fanboys celebrated like they finally won Super Bowl because they signed Williams?

    Good times.

  13. gmen5280 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:18 PM

    Sounds like they are setting up to make a run at JPP if he reaches the market.
    Mario has had a few bad seasons the past few years.
    I guess his bad play in Buffalo wasn’t all scheme issues after all.

  14. Akula says: Feb 16, 2017 1:32 PM

    I smell a Patriots reclamation project on the horizon a la Randy Moss and Corey Dillon.

  15. zoneread510 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:46 PM

    I would like the raiders to maybe bring in Mario Williams for a workout. If he would be willing to take a lessor role on Defense, they could use him as a pass rushing specialist. That’s of course if he still has the ability.

  16. lbmclean says: Feb 16, 2017 1:56 PM

    I hope we stop wasting our draft picks on getting that 8th wide receiver. SMH

  17. reprob8 says: Feb 16, 2017 2:00 PM

    Williams always struck me as a “play for the money, not the money & the game” kinda guy. Once he got paid, he went on mental vacation/retirement.

  18. revren10 says: Feb 16, 2017 2:05 PM

    Good thing the dolphins fans were saying how they won the offseason.

  19. finzfan49 says: Feb 16, 2017 2:21 PM

    They need to make sure we sign Stills to a new contract and get 2 solid OG now. Then add a LB along with some DB help. Then use the rest to go after DE depth. Dont waste money on big names just looking for a check.

  20. RandyinRoxbury says: Feb 16, 2017 2:27 PM

    Just more Tannenbaum free agent bust, anyone surprised?

  21. lightofkolob says: Feb 16, 2017 2:51 PM

    At the end of the day Reggie Bush was a better pick than Williams was.

  22. ZULU Agency says: Feb 16, 2017 2:56 PM

    who? Mario Williams was a Dolphin?

  23. FinFan68 says: Feb 16, 2017 2:58 PM

    Good. Bare minimum effort clowns need to go.

  24. jmoney2016 says: Feb 16, 2017 3:00 PM

    Yup, see ya Mario Williams! More like Luigi Williams these days.

  25. ragnarthegreat says: Feb 16, 2017 3:07 PM

    Diminishing skills is inevitable but lack of effort is inexcusable.

  26. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 16, 2017 3:12 PM

    I am no GM but there is enough info on players attitude and work ethic to stay clear of players like the Not very super Mario. You can get good players that do not fit a system or don’t just fit in that maybe somewhere else would do very well but imo are a rare bird. We need hungry players that have something to prove, that have not been feeding at the top table because that makes most of them not work and study like they did when they were young and hungry. Another to stay clear off are the veteran big men with a history of missing a lot of games that are expected to start most weeks because that will not happen. Very few troublesome players with 4 > years of experience suddenly become Mr Team player. Receivers and Backs mostly Receivers have a particular hard time with attitude problems because they love to catch and score and some might not even see a ball all game but see others getting all the plaudits and KNOW that they should be getting the adulation which also means better contracts etc. Fans from other teams can also give a pretty good report on what we might be getting, Steelers and Bills fans spring to mind recently.

  27. liparulos says: Feb 16, 2017 3:33 PM

    I remember way back when Houston drafted Mario Williams #1 ahead of Vince Young and Reggie Bush.

    I thought I had invented the expression “WTF?”

  28. campcouch says: Feb 16, 2017 5:03 PM

    Most players show a lack of effort when signed by Miami. They’d probably cut Suh if the money wasn’t so great. It’s the lifestyle and weather.

  29. maverick2560 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:08 PM

    Mario Williams should get an award for the best actor playing a football player. Miami should have known …just take a look at
    Williams 2105 film…..he was playing half speed at best. He could have
    qualified ” For Best in Show” .

  30. billswillnevermove says: Feb 17, 2017 10:24 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Feb 16, 2017 1:16 PM

    Remember when Bills fanboys celebrated like they finally won Super Bowl because they signed Williams?

    Good times.
    __________________________________
    Remember when you said the Bills were moving to Toronto?

    Good times.

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