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Veteran NFL Safety Has Been Released

A general view of the Miami Dolphins stadium.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 03: A general view of Sun Life Stadium during the first quarter of the game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots on January 3, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

A veteran NFL safety has been released by his franchise ahead of the start of the 2019 regular season.

T.J. McDonald, a six-year NFL veteran, has been released by the rebuilding Miami Dolphins heading into the regular season.

The former USC standout had been with Miami since 2017, though he was due more than $5 million his season.

Miami is likely to be one of the NFL's worst teams in 2019.

McDonald was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the then-St. Louis Rams. He played for that franchise from 2013-16.

The former Trojans star had been with the Dolphins since 2017.

McDonald has 416 career tackles, 5 sacks and eight interceptions.

Miami is set to open its 2019 season on Sunday, Sept. 8 against Baltimore.