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Dolphins set to release former Bills DE Mario Williams

Mario Williams' stay in South Florida didn't last long.

The former Buffalo Bills' defensive end will be released by the Dolphins, the Miami Herald reported Thursday. The move shouldn't come as a surprise. Williams had just 1.5 sacks in his one and only season in Miami, losing his starting job and becoming a healthy inactive three times by the end of the year.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick in 2006, Williams was released by the Bills after the 2015 season, with two years remaining on the six-year contract he signed in 2012. Over the past two years, he's been paid more than $22 million by the Bills and Dolphins for 32 tackles and 6.5 sacks. If the 32-year-old wants to continue his career, he'll likely need to accept a short-term, "prove it" type contract with a team.

Williams' release saved the Dolphins $8.5 million against the salary cap and came as part of a series of cost-cutting moves that also included the release of left tackle Branden Albert, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, according to the Herald. All told, the releases will save Miami $19.7 million in cap space.

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