After releasing Brian Hartline earlier in the day, the Dolphins have cut ties with a second wide receiver, announcing (via Twitter) that Brandon Gibson has been dropped. Gibson had been set to enter the final season of a three-year contract.
A former Ram, Gibson joined the Dolphins prior to the 2013 season, and put up nearly identical numbers in his first two seasons with the club. Of course, in 2013, when he grabbed 30 balls for 326 yards and three touchdowns, he did so in just seven games. In 2014, he totaled 29 receptions for 295 yards and a TD in 14 contests.
Gibson carried a cap hit of $4.26MM for 2015, and the Dolphins will clear all but $1MM of that number from their books by cutting him. The move creates $3.26MM in cap savings, potentially helping to clear the way for a new contract for free-agent-to-be tight end Charles Clay.
By cutting both Hartline and Gibson today, the Dolphins are moving closer to a total overhaul of their receiving corps. For now, Mike Wallace remains on the roster, but he’s a candidate to be released or traded. If Miami parts ways with Wallace, the club’s 2015 receivers will likely be led by 2014 draftee Jarvis Landry, with the ‘Fins potentially adding new wideouts in the draft and/or free agency.