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Dolphins release Byron Maxwell, sign David Fales

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The Miami Dolphins have released cornerback Byron Maxwell, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Maxwell, for whom the Dolphins traded last season, has found himself inactive the last four weeks, having been replaced in the team’s starting lineup by rookie Cordrea Tankersley.

With the roster space, the Dolphins have signed quarterback David Fales. Fales spent training camp and the preseason with the team, but was released in the last round of roster cuts. He is familiar with the Dolphins’ offense and will provide depth behind Matt Moore, who is being moved into the starting lineup after starter Jay Cutler sustained fractured ribs this past Sunday.

Maxwell recorded two interceptions, five forced fumbles, and 61 tackles in his year-and-a-half with Miami. He played in 15 games. Releasing Maxwell essentially frees up $10 million for the Dolphins in 2018.