Report: Miami Dolphins Release Richard Marshall

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According to a report by Pro Football Talk, the Miami Dolphins have sent starting cornerback Richard Marshall packing, saving the team nearly $5 million against the cap in 2013.  Marshall was slated to start opposite newly signed Brent Grimes.

Miami exhausted two valuable draft picks on cornerbacks this past April. It picked up Jamar Taylor in the second round and former Utah State standout Will Davis a bit later. This could signal that the Dolphins are sold on one, if not both, to make a huge impact as rookies.

If you remember correctly, Davis’ experience in high-level organized football is limited. He enrolled in Western Washington University out of high school, but that program went belly up before he could see action. Davis then transferred to De Anza College in California before catching on at Utah State. His upside if tremendous, but there is some concern over his ability to make an impact early on.

Taylor, on the other hand, has experience against mid-major competition at Boise State and has the experience to make an instant impact. He played briefly in Miami’s second preseason game after missing the opener.

Jeff Ireland and Co. signed Marshall to a three-year, $16 million contract prior to the 2012 season. He started just four games and recorded one interception in his only year with the Dolphins. Marshall was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers out of Fresno State in the second round of the 2006 draft. He started 46 games in five seasons with the Panthers.

As much as this might be a sign that Miami is willing to go with youngsters, it does have a healthy Grimes in the mix. The former Atlanta Falcons’ standout is an upgrade over anyone Miami had on the roster last season.

 

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle every Friday. He’s also a former league-wide featured columnist at Bleacher Report.