The Dolphins have cut guard Shelley Smith in a salary cap move.
The team saves $2.75 million of cap space with the move. Smith, an unrestricted free agent addition in 2014, was unspectacular in 2014, starting three games. He was handed the starting right guard job in training camp and lost it in the first preseason game.
While Smith did show some promise as a backup, the team's hopes he could compete to start was mostly a dream unrealized.
The feeling among a couple of league observers is the Dolphins are doing this move as a compliment to finding a starting-caliber guard in free agency rather than a move to make cap room for Ndamukong Suh's deal.
The move could also be used to brace for an impending battle for tight end Charles Clay.
Clay, a transition player, is on his way to a visit with the Buffalo Bills.
Clay is a major target for the Bills. They expect to sign him to an offer sheet that will make it difficult for the Dolphins to match.
So the nearly $3 million the team just saves plus the lowering of the $7 million cap number currently on Clay based on the transition tag could be enough to strike a long-term deal or match one.
The team has also restructured he contract of punter Brandon Fields, as reported by The Herald's Adam Beasley.
Meanwhile, the New England Patriots signed former Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson, per ESPN. The deal is for one year and $825,000.