BY SEAN DONOVAN
The Miami Dolphins made cornerback a priority this offseason, signing free agent Brent Grimes and using two top draft picks on the position.
Apparently, the team is happy enough with those moves to cut ties with the only cornerback who has starting experience with the team.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Dolphins have released veteran Richard Marshall, just one year into a 3-year, $16 million contract signed in 2012. Marshall was considered the favorite to open the regular season at starting cornerback opposite Grimes.
Marshall started the Dolphins' first four games last season, recording one interception and 17 tackles before a back injury forced him to injured reserve. The seven-year veteran appeared to be fully recovered during training camp, but the team decided it no longer needed his services.
The report stated that the Dolphins attempted to trade Marshall, but found no suitors willing to take on the remainder of his contract.
The release makes veteran corner Dimitri Patterson the likely second starter, ahead of unpolished rookies Will Davis and Jamar Taylor, as well as Nolan Carroll, who started most of last year in Marshall's place.
Miami saves $4.55 million in base salary this season and opens up $3 million in cap space with the move.
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