While Brandon Gibson is no stretch a savior by any stretch, he’s still a relatively solid wide receiver.
But given his contract (which is more expensive than it should be in comparison to his talent level) and the fact he’s coming off an ACL injury, the Miami Dolphins could decide to release the wideout according to the Palm Beach Post.
Not only is Gibson coming off midseason knee surgery, but Matthews really stepped up late in the season. Gibson was also playing well before he was hurt, but Matthews could very well surpass him.
The Dolphins could also consider releasing Gibson, who’s owed $3.7 million this season. If he’s cut, Miami would owe him about $2 million but free up $1.3 million in new cap space.
That all said, it’s not as if Gibson is digging a hole into the Dolphins financially or that the team is so overly stocked at wide receiver they don’t need him. So while releasing Gibson might be an option that the Dolphins do examine (or potentially have), it doesn’t seem overly likely at the current moment.
That could change though depending on what the Dolphins do in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.