The Miami Dolphins are diving headfirst into a rebuild, with the first step being to get cumbersome veteran contracts off the books.
The two moves will save Miami $9.15 million in salary-cap space.
Branch, 29, convinced the Dolphins to give him a three-year, $24 million deal in March 2017 after a promising 2016 season in which he finished with 5.5 sacks. However, after Branch totaled just six sacks over the past two seasons, it was an easy decision for Miami to part ways with his $7 million salary for 2019.
He was primarily a backup guard, but his $2.15 million salary wasn't in the Dolphins' plans for 2019.
Both players get an early start at finding a new team before free agency begins next Wednesday.