The Miami Dolphins are expected to announce Thursday that they will cut defensive end Chris Jones on Thursday.
The move comes after Jones had been a key part of the Dolphins’ defense during the first half of the season and he is expected to make a decision in the next few days.
The Dolphins are in the market for defensive line help after signing former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Lawrence Guy in free agency.
They also lost linebacker Koa Misi to free agency and defensive end Randy Starks to free agent.
Miami has been searching for defensive help all offseason, and Jones is one of the team’s top candidates to fill that role.
The Dolphins are hoping to move on from Jones as they look to bring in an offensive tackle.
Jones is a key piece to the Dolphins defense, but the team may have to make the move if he is not willing to take a pay cut.
The decision to cut Jones is not surprising.
He struggled with the weight loss that Jones was experiencing last season.
He was a member of the Miami Hurricanes’ Pro Bowl defense last season, and he had 14 sacks.
He missed two games with a hamstring injury last season as well.
He will become a free agent next offseason and Miami will have a lot of cap space if it wants to re-sign him.
The defensive line could also be a target for the Dolphins.
Free-agent defensive tackle Chris Baker is another player Miami may target.
He has been one of Miami’s top free-agent targets, but he is currently on injured reserve.
Miami may also look at signing defensive tackle Justin Smith to a long-term deal.