The Dolphins freed up more salary cap room on Thursday by cutting defensive end Andre Branch and offensive lineman Ted Larsen according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.
Releasing Branch saves $7 million in cap space with $2 million in dead money. Branch never lived up to his contract in Miami, managing just six sacks the last two years.
Originally a second-round pick out of Clemson by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012, Branch will likely have little trouble finding a new NFL home but may not get the of asking price he expects. He turns 30 years old in July.
The 31-year-old Larsen has spent the past two seasons with the Dolphins, playing both left guard and center, but has not been particularly effective.
He did start 13 games in 2018 and played 81-percent of Miami’s offensive snaps. Larsen has also played for the Buccaneers, the Cardinals, and the Bears over his nine-year NFL career.
The Dolphins have four other impending free agents on the offensive line, including right tackle Ja’Wuan James, so there are sure to be more changes to come up front this offseason.