The Miami Dolphins have released cornerback Richard Marshall, according to a league source. Marshall was competing with Dimirti Patterson for the starting corner spot opposite Brent Grimes, but had the ability to play the nickel if he lost that battle.
His release obviously means Patterson has clinched the job and that the Dolphins feel comfortable going into the season with rookie Will Davis at the nickel.
Patterson outplayed Marshall in training camp, so Miami moving forward with him as the starter isn’t a surprise. Trusting Davis to play the nickel is a bit of a roll of the dice, though. The rookie out of Nevada has been a ball hawk in practice, but still gets beat in coverage too often.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Dolphins attempted to trade Marshall but found no suitors. That’s not surprising given Marshall’s $4.55 million salary in 2013, which the Dolphins now wash their hands of.
Also, keep in mind that many expected the Dolphins to keep six cornerbacks on the 53-man roster. Now, it’s probable they’ll only keep five with Nolan Carroll likely locking up a roster spot. Second-round pick Jamar Taylor, who missed the majority of training camp with a hernia injury, should now have a larger role this season as well.