Add another cornerback to this year’s free agent market. The Dolphins have released Dimitri Patterson, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (via Twitter). By cutting Patterson, Miami clears the entirety of the veteran’s $5.4MM cap number from the team’s books for 2014.
Patterson, 30, was limited to just six games for the Dolphins in 2013 due to groin issues, but recorded a positive grade according to Pro Football Focus for the third straight season. Paying him $5.4MM in 2014 wasn’t feasible for Miami, but Patterson should draw interest on the open market as a nickel back.
For what it’s worth, the Dolphins have left the door open for Patterson at a reduced rate, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports (Twitter link).