The Miami Dolphins on Tuesday rescinded the transition tag from Olivier Vernon, a move that frees up $12.7 million in cap space but also likely marks the end of Vernon’s time in Miami.
The move was expected after Mario Williams signed a two-year, $17 million contract with the Dolphins late Tuesday night. Vernon is expected to command a multiyear contract in the open market that will pay him upwards to $14 million per year.
The Dolphins will likely go into the season with Williams and Cameron Wake as their primary pass-rushers, but expect to sign at least one more veteran defensive end in free agency. They have interest in both St. Louis’ William Hayes and Dallas’ Jeremy Mincey.
Vernon, who played collegiately at the University of Miami, recorded 29 sacks in four seasons with the Dolphins.