The Miami Dolphins will release left tackle Branden Albert on Thursday, according to NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo.
The move is part of a larger purge by the Fins, who are also parting ways with offensive tackle Branden Albert, another former standout who was moved because of salary cap reasons.
With Albert now on the free agent market Tunsil is free to move from left guard to left tackle, where he excelled at Ole Miss. He turned 32 last month and hasn't recorded double-digit sacks in a season since 2014.
The 32-year-old was drafted in 2008 by the Kansas City Chiefs as a 15th overall pick.
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Teams looking for a solid left tackle could look to guys like Riley Reiff, Kelvin Beachum, and Albert to shore up their weak offensive line. He was scheduled to be paid $8.9 million and would have counted $10.6 million against the cap in 2017.
Those transactions should bring the Dolphins to roughly $50 million in cap space based on the projected salary cap increase, which estimates that the 2017 salary cap will be $168 million. He has never played a full season during his three years in Miami, starting 35 of a possible 48 games.
Williams was a major disappointment for Miami after signing a two-year, $17 million contract last year.
The Dolphins drafted Laremy Tunsil in the first round of the 2016 draft. Given John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan talking about football passion, I just don't see them considering Williams. His level of play did start to drop off this season, though, as he struggled with separate ankle and wrist injuries for most of the year.