Jeff Ireland has been like the CEO of a top-heavy corporation, chopping heads for the Miami Dolphins.
Karlos Dansby made 134 combined tackles last year as Miami's inside linebacker but was cut as soon as Dannell Ellerbe was inked to a deal by the Dolphins. Despite his solid play, Dansby was expendable because of his age (31) and his high salary-cap number. Miami saved $6.25 million in 2013 and $9.25 million in 2014 by releasing Dansby.
Kevin Burnett, another productive Dolphins linebacker, was shown the door when Miami signed Philip Wheeler. Again, Burnett's age (30) and his high price tag were the deciding factors. The Dolphins saved $4.45 million in 2013 and $5.75 million in 2014 by letting Burnett go.
For the most part, the Dolphins are getting younger and cheaper, allowing for the signing of star players such as Mike Wallace.
After the 2013 NFL draft, a few more Miami Dolphins have been put on notice.