The Miami Dolphins have decided to release veteran defensive tackle Jordan Phillips from the team on Tuesday afternoon, per NFL sources. The news was first alluded to on Phillips’ Instagram account where he posted a message bidding his teammates farewell.
Jordan Phillips leaving the team, according to his Instagram. https://t.co/aJ3jSr7NkD
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) October 2, 2018
Phillips was the second round pick for the Dolphins back in 2015. The move could signal a sign of trouble in the Miami’s locker room. After taking a beating from the New England Patriots, the Dolphins’ bad performance came under heavy scrutiny. The defensive line was particularly bad, giving up over 175 yards rushing to the Patriots, including a 100+ rushing performance from rookie RB Sony Michel. The DT position was a position of concern all of training camp, the Dolphins even traded for veteran tackle, Akeem Spence.
The Dolphins still have young players like Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor, but losing Philips a week after losing William Hayes will be difficult for the depth of the D-line. Phillips had 5 tackles and 1 sack on the season. Philips has never been a happy camper with the team, with many questioning his effort. With his release, Philips will be free to sign with another team. The Dolphins have yet to confirm or comment on this move. The status of the locker room will be an interesting situation to monitor before Miami faces the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.