The Miami Dolphins have started making their 2016 final round of roster cuts, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Offensive tackle Sam Young appears to be the first player released by the team:
Some cuts: The #Dolphins cut veteran offensive lineman Sam Young, source said. The #Raiders are waiving LB James Cowser.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 3, 2016
Young, when he signed as a a free agent this offseason, was expected to become the team’s swing tackle as the primary reserve for the Dolphins. He, however, was never able to advance on the depth chart, and the team seems to consider depth at guards the more pressing need, with guard Laremy Tunsil likely the backup at left tackle if needed and Billy Turner likely the right tackle backup. The team could also use Jermon Bushrod at tackle if needed.
Branden Albert will be the starting left tackle again this year, with Ja’Wuan James continuing to start at right tackle.
Cutting Young will cost the Dolphins $150,000 in dead money, with $760,000 in savings.