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Dolphins cutting Kevin Burnett in LB makeover

Kevin Burnett

Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Kevin Burnett on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


It’s like Christmas in Miami.

When the kids get a bunch of shiny new toys, the old stuff goes to the garage. Or to the curb.

After a flurry of activity which saw them sign linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler, and releasing Karlos Dansby, they’ve also released Kevin Burnett, according to Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated.

Burnett started every game during his two seasons with the Dolphins, and didn’t seem like the kind of player who was screaming to be replaced, at least until somebody woke up with a wad of salary cap room burning a hole in his pocket.