The Miami Dolphins have cut another veteran player, the latest sign the franchise is all in on tanking this season for a shot at the No. 1 overall pick.
Miami has cut outside linebacker/defensive end Nate Orchard, who led the team with four preseason sacks and reportedly had a strong training camp. Orchard’s career stats are modest but he was expected to play a role for the Dolphins this season.
Instead, he’ll have to play elsewhere.
Per source, Dolphins have released Nate Orchard, their top pass rusher. The Tank continues
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 3, 2019
Orchard was a second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2015. After showing some promise as a rookie, an injury robbed him of much of the 2016 season.
Orchard returned to play the 2017 campaign in Cleveland before appearing in four games last fall for the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.
In the lead up to the regular season, the Dolphins have traded Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills and Kiko Alonso. They aren’t showing any intentions of being competitive this season, even if their head coach can’t openly admit his team is tanking.
If it results in a brighter future in Miami though, it will all be worth it.