Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Miami Dolphins to release LT Branden Albert, source says

Miami Dolphins to release LT Branden Albert, source says

This comes shortly after a report surfaced indicating Albert stood to be released, but the Jags are exploring the notion of adding him before he'd become available for other teams to sign.

The Dolphins aren't keeping left tackle Branden Albert, but they found out quickly that there was sufficient interest in him elsewhere that they might get something for him. Albert is due to make $8.875 million in 2017, and he is signed through 2018.

It's potentially an interesting move because the 32-year-old Albert, who will be four years older than Beachum when the 2017 season begins, is at the back end of his career and is clearly not the long-term answer at the position.

Now, the Dolphins will have to address both starting guard spots in the offseason since Tunsil is moving from left guard to left tackle and Jermon Bushrod, the right guard, is a free agent.

Albert, 32, had a respectable season helping Miami rush for 1,824 yards. Jacksonville is projected to have more than $67 million in cap space, putting the team in position to afford Albert.

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We have released DE Mario Williams, DT Earl Mitchell and waived CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Tunsil did some fill-in work at that spot while Albert was injured last season, but the results left a little to be desired.

The Dolphins decided not to release Albert, per ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Mario Williams couldn't wait to join the Miami Dolphins. Buffalo Bills. He lost his starting job at defensive end in October and appeared in 13 games (five starts) for Miami in 2016. Williams basically agreed that he needed to play better and harder, but also made some comments that may actually give the Patriots pause in gambling on him in free agency. Williams, an 11-year veteran, started the season's first five games before being replaced by Cameron Wake, who turned in a Pro Bowl worthy season from that point on.

The Dolphins went 10-6 last season and made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

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