In a surprise move, the Dolphins parted ways with Richard Marshall on Tuesday night — despite listing him as a starting cornerback on their depth chart the day before.
The Dolphins had not announced the roster move as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, but a source familiar with the situation confirmed Marshall had indeed been cut. Pro Football Talk reported that the team had pursued a trade for the eighth-year veteran but found no suitable offer.
Marshall was in the second of a three-year, $16 million contract, and was due to make $4.55 million in 2013. By cutting him, the Dolphins free up some $3 million in additional cap space.
He was competing with Dimitri Patterson for the starting job opposite Brent Grimes. But Marshall had fallen out of favor and was being used mainly as the nickel corner. On Tuesday, he even lined up at safety.
The Dolphins signed Marshall before the 2012 season, but he played in just four games last year before needing season-ending back surgery.
With Marshall gone, that would appear to clear the way for Will Davis to be elevated to the No. 3 corner on the team. Other options for the nickel corner job include Nolan Carroll, Jamar Taylor and R.J. Stanford.