Longtime Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks was released Wednesday morning, potentially parting the sea for the inevitable arrival of Ndamukong Suh.

The move will save the Dolphins $5 million in cap space as the team — pending they don’t bring him back on a cheaper deal as a backup — could be without both starting defensive tackles from a season ago in Starks and Jared Odrick (signed by the Jaguars yesterday).

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Starks, a two-time Pro Bowler, compiled 30.5 sacks in seven seasons as a Dolphin but the 31-year-old’s production fell off some last season. After grading out as Pro Football Focus’ seventh best defensive tackle in 2013, he plummeted to 42nd in 2014.

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There’s been no indication the Dolphins still won’t land Suh (the deal is reportedly for $60 million guaranteed) despite the delay since the Free Agency floodgates opened Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. After Starks’ release, the Miami Herald reported the Suh signing is “imminent.”

Parting with Starks will allow the team to pursue other areas of need.

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