Just a few days after the Miami Dolphins released veteran wide receivers Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, the team's roster purge in the name of cap savings continues with veteran offensive lineman Nate Garner.
Garner, who has been with the team since 2008, suffered from severe migraines late into the season that kept him off of the field and forced the likes of Dallas Thomas to step up, which of course didn't really work out.
Garner was considered the swiss army knife of the offensive line, as he had the ability to play every position on the line, including center. He'd been available for every game up until this year when Garner's migraines kept him off the field even after he recovered from a neck injury earlier in the year.
With Dallas Thomas taking Garner's role as the utility offensive lineman, the veteran became expendable, and with the migraines he's been having, perhaps his release is actually in the best interests of both the Dolphins and Garner himself.
In cutting Garner, the team accumulated a mere $166,668 in dead money, and over $1,650,000 in cap space. While the number doesn't seem significant right now, with more cuts soon to come, the numbers will begin to add up.
There are several candidates in mind for who could be next on the Dolphins roster purge, the most likely ones being defensive tackle Randy Starks and cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who are both making more money than their value in the eyes of many individuals. Time will tell if these two are next on the hit list, or if the team has someone else in mind.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter. @FLSportDebater