- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Who knew the Miami Dolphins disliked their linebackers so much?
Despite a solid 2012 by the front seven, Miami continues to be extremely aggressive making over its linebacker corps on the first day of free agency. ProFootballTalk.com reports that the Dolphins agreed to a five-year, $26 million contract with former Oakland Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler. The 28-year-old recorded 109 tackles and three sacks for Oakland last season.
This move might also signal the end for Dolphins starting linebacker Kevin Burnett. Miami did a similar youth swap Tuesday evening in adding Dannell Ellerbe (27) and releasing Karlos Dansby (31). Burnett, 30, may not be far behind.
Miami has plenty of other issues to address in free agency such as cornerback, tight end and safety. Linebacker certainly was not at the top of the list. But Miami's front office has made it a priority anyway, signing Ellerbe and Wheeler for a combined total of $61 million on the first day of free agency.
(Update: Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated reports that Burnett has been informed of his release late Tuesday night.)