The Dolphins Broke Off Defensive Lineman Taco Charlton.

The Miami Dolphins released defensive end Taco Charlton on Thursday.

Charlton, a 2017 first-round pick for the Dallas Cowboys, was claimed by the Dolphins last September after being cut by his original team. He made some good plays in Miami, where he led the team with five sacks, but did not show great consistency. He also did not accommodate what head coach Brian Flores wants from his players, while still signing his team.

It was predictable for Charlton, after being disabled while healthy for three of the Dolphins’ last four games in 2019, including the two finals.


The Dolphins are in the midst of rebuilding their seven defensive fronts, after adding tough and versatile players like Shaq Lawson, Kyle Van Noy, Emmanuel Ogbah, Raekwon Davis, Jason Strowbridge and Curtis Weaver via free agency and draft. Flores prioritizes physical appearance, toughness and character in his players, and that is where the movements of the low season go.

Regarding Charlton, the decision had to be made on whether to validate the option to the fifth year of the contract in exchange for $ 1.83 million, before Monday’s deadline. The Dolphins offered a definitive answer simply by releasing him Thursday, saving the club $ 1.37 million in space under the salary cap.