Mario Williams’ personal issues, conditioning ruined his time with Dolphins

Mario Williams is done in Miami, and it's uncertain whether there will be much interest in him in free agency. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

Mario Williams is done in Miami, and it’s uncertain whether there will be much interest in him in free agency. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

INDIANAPOLIS–The Dolphins envisioned a scary pass rush last season with Mario Williams and Cameron Wake at defensive end and Ndamukong Suh in the middle, but one piece of that equation didn’t materialize. Williams, who earned $8.5 million last season, was a dud.

He lost his starting job to Andre Branch early in the year, was called out by Vance Joseph for not playing hard enough, was a healthy scratch late in the season and was cut last month. His one year with Miami yielded nine tackles and four sacks, and he played 39 percent of the defensive snaps.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase acknowledged that Williams, 32, wasn’t in proper shape and attributed some of that to personal issues.

“Mario went through a lot of things that we kind of kept in-house early in the season,” Gase said. “It really was some personal things. It seemed like one thing after another that was going on with him, and he probably didn’t have as great a spring as he wanted to.

“When he came back for training camp, at his age, I think it caught up to him a little bit. He was fighting to get in great shape and make sure (he did) the injury prevention type thing. It was one of those years that just didn’t work out for him. It didn’t work out for us. I know that he was trying to do everything he could to contribute. It just wasn’t his year.”

Williams, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2006 draft, is an unrestricted free agent who left Buffalo and Miami on less than idea terms the past two years. He had 14.5 sacks for the Bills in 2014, but 6.5 in the two years since.

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