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Miami Dolphins to release linebacker Philip Wheeler

The Miami Dolphins continue to slash their payroll to dive further under the salary cap.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that linebacker Philip Wheeler will be released with a post June 1 designation, per a source informed of the move.

The 30-year-old saw his play diminish throughout the 2014 season. A solid run defender who struggled even in that aspect last season, Wheeler was a liability in coverage and teams were able to pick on him in space.

The linebacker signed a five-year, $26 million contract in 2013. His release with a post June 1 designation allows the Dolphins to spread his cap hit over multiple years. The move will save Miami $3 million in cap space.

Wheeler's release follows the Dolphins shedding veteran receivers Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, along with cornerback Cortland Finnegan.

Miami is expected to make a hard push toward signing top free-agent prospect Ndamukong Suh. To do that the Dolphins need as much cap space as possible -- prior to Wheeler's release they sat an estimated $9.5 million under the cap. Wheeler might not be the last casualty from South Beach before the market opens on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

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