He was the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft to Houston and has 91 career sacks.
Williams, released by the Buffalo Bills last week, could potentially stay within the AFC East and provide help on the edge for the Dolphins. Just 24 years old, Miller has averaged 4.6 yards per carry through his first four seasons, and posted 1,269 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Vernon can still solicit offers in free agency and the Dolphins would have the right to match, but they are not expected to match any significant offer.
Miami placed a $12.734 million transition tag on Vernon on Tuesday, allowing him to negotiate with other teams.
It could also be a message to Cameron Wake that, if he doesn’t agree to a contract extension that lowers his $9.8 million cap figure in 2016, he could also be on his way out the door.
Miami could free up cap space by releasing players, as well as restructuring the contracts of players such as Koa Misi and Ndamukong Suh.
Miami arguably has one of the best defensive lines in the league, at least on paper, but failed to produce sacks, as they finished tied 25th in the league with just 31 total team sacks.
The Dolphins are looking to be keep all their options open, and bringing Williams in for a visit could open another potential opportunity for their defense next season. At times, Williams complained about his role.