The Miami Dolphins aren't waiting until the new league year to trim the fat off last season's underwhelming defense.
Coples' $7.8 million option for 2016 was an outrageous amount for a player who barely made a blip on the radar over six games. The former first-round pick of the New York Jets will struggle to convince teams that he's about to emerge into some type of defensive whirlwind going forward.
McCain's release saves Miami $2.5 million while ridding the club of a slot corner who gave up too many plays last season.
The cuts won't mark the final changes for a team now under the guidance of new coach Adam Gase and his hand-picked defensive coordinator, Vance Joseph.