Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting the Miami Dolphins are releasing linebacker Jerome Baker. Per Schefter, sources are telling him the two sides discussed a restricted contract but couldn’t agree to terms. The Dolphins are open to Baker coming back. With this release Miami opens up $9.8 million in salary cap savings, but will carry $4.9 in dead money on the cap.

Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Baker and his representation agreed to take a pay cut, but they couldn’t agree on the exact amount of the pay cut.

Baker was a 3rd round pick out of Ohio State by the Dolphins in 2018. Since then, he has played in 94 games for Miami, starting in 82. He has compiled five interceptions, 22.5 sacks, and has scored two touchdowns during that time. He has been one of the longest-tenured players on the Dolphins and a leader on this team who was respected by everyone.

Baker played in 13 games this season, starting 12, due to an MCL injury he suffered vs Washington. He returned for the season finale vs Buffalo and suffered another injury which caused him to miss the playoff game vs Kansas City.

Earlier Tuesday, Miami released CB Keion Crosen to open up just under $3 million in salary cap space and did not use the franchise tag on Chrisitan Wilkins by the deadline.