Albert is due to make $8.875 million in 2017, and he is signed through 2018. Then Thursday morning, the Miami Dolphins cut ties with two-time Pro Bowler Branden Albert.
Albert was selected No. 15 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chiefs, however, injuries have been problematic for him with the Dolphins. 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 will cut Branden Albert.
The Miami Dolphins made some notable news on Thursday, releasing three veterans to clear $19.7 million in cap space.
But since 2012, only once has he played more than 12 games.
Albert later explained that he had been taken aback by people assuming Tunsil would automatically step into the left tackle role as a rookie.
Williams, 32, signed with the Dolphins last offseason after he was released by the Buffalo Bills.
The Dolphins surprised everyone last season by surging after a awful start and making the playoffs. He turned 32 last month and hasn't recorded double-digit sacks in a season since 2014.
Williams recorded 97.5 sacks during his 11-year National Football League career. Laremy Tunsil, last year's first-round pick, will replace him.
Earl Mitchell started 24 games at defensive tackle for Miami's disappointing defensive line, which was a major factor in Miami's opponents averaging 140 rushing yards per game against the Dolphins (ranked 30th).