The Miami Dolphins have confirmed the release of linebacker Philip Wheeler. Wheeler, who was signed in free agency two years ago from the Oakland Raiders, had a five-year deal worth $26 million dollars. His cap number for 2015 was set to be $4.40 million dollars with a base salary of $2.9 million dollars. After struggling over the past two seasons and then after calling out the coaches throughout the 2014 season, the Dolphins have cut ties with the player.
The team tried to trade him but with his salary, they couldn't find any suitors. Wheeler will likely be given a post-June 1 designation, which will allow the team to save $3 million dollars with only $1.4 million in dead money. The Dolphins have talked about moving Dion Jordan to the other outside linebacker position but it's also possible they move Koa Misi back over and draft or sign a middle linebacker.
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This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs