Holliday Released

The Dolphins lost another veteran on Monday, but this time it wasn't through free agency. Defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday instead was released by the team when he declined to restructure his contract.

Holliday was scheduled to receive a $1.5 million roster bonus on Tuesday and was due a workout bonus later this offseason.

The 33-year-old Holliday figures to draw some interest from around the league because he's still productive and he's also versatile enough to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.

With Holliday gone, either second-year player Phillip Merling or 2008 free agent acquisition Randy Starks figure to start at defensive end opposite Kendall Langford.

Holliday, who joined the Dolphins in 2005, was third on the team last season with 3.5 sacks.

Beyond his on-field production, Holliday also served as a mentor for some of the Dolphins' young defensive players.

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