March 2 (UPI) -- The Miami Dolphins are expected to release veteran linebacker Kyle Van Noy after just one season.
In a statement released Tuesday through NFL Media, Van Noy said he was informed of his release. The former New England Patriots defender said he was "surprised and disappointed" with the Dolphins' decision to suddenly move on after only one year.
"I am surprised and disappointed in their decision. As a captain, I gave my all to the team," Van Noy said. "I fought through a painful injury during the season, including spending a night in the hospital after a game. I was brought there to be a leader and I know my teammates looked up to and respected me.
"I am looking forward to making an impact on my next team, on and off the field."
The 29-year-old Van Noy signed a four-year, $51 million contract with the Dolphins last March. According to Spotrac, the deal included $30 million in guaranteed money and a $12 million signing bonus.
Van Noy hasn't officially been released yet while the Dolphins explore the trade market. ESPN reported that Van Noy will be cut in the coming days if a trade partner isn't found. The roster move is expected to free up about $9.7 million in salary-cap space.
In 14 games last season, Van Noy recorded 69 total tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Van Noy, a second-round pick out of BYU in 2014, has 358 tackles, 23.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 95 career games with the Patriots and Dolphins.