Over the weekend, word out of Miami was that the Dolphins were going to release linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler in an effort to create cap space to use for the massive contract they’re expected to give Ndamukong Suh.
There’s been no official move from the team yet and Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that they haven’t taken any action because they’d prefer to trade the two 2013 free agent acquisitions who have disappointed during their time in Miami before free agency opens on Tuesday afternoon. Marvez adds that they’re still expected to be cut if that doesn’t happen.
Even without that caveat, dealing the two veterans wouldn’t have been too easy. Ellerbe is set to make almost $8.5 million in 2015 after missing most of 2014 with a hip injury and has two more years left on his deal beyond that. Wheeler is cheaper this year at $2.9 million, but he has two more years to go as well and couldn’t hold onto a starting job in Miami.
One should never say never about NFL personnel moves, but it seems likelier that the Dolphins will be collecting cap space by making Wheeler and Ellerbe free agents than it is that they’ll be collecting compensation from another club.