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Branden Albert appears to be headed to South Beach

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Free agent left tackle Branden Albert must really like South Beach.

Otherwise, how would he have seemingly settled on a destination without having been made a firm offer?

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the technicalities are just that, and Albert will “be a Dolphin.”

Of course, Salguero points out that nothing is 100 percent done, which is because by the letter of the law it can’t be. The league has sent out its memo telling teams they can’t do the kind of thing that is apparently being done here, which is share numbers and reach agreements.

Which, of course, no one believes.

Miami landing Albert would be a huge step in rebuilding their offensive line, but more work needs to be done.

As soon as it can be officially done, of course.

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42 Responses to “Branden Albert appears to be headed to South Beach”
  1. chad504boy says: Mar 10, 2014 11:52 AM

    That guy is ready for his Positional Team Meetings at da stri# club.

  2. m3dman3 says: Mar 10, 2014 11:53 AM

    I can’t wait until Mario Williams puts him flat on his back.

  3. thepftpoet says: Mar 10, 2014 11:53 AM

    Why would anyone want to join the franchise that created Bully-gate?

  4. hakunamangata says: Mar 10, 2014 11:53 AM

    Good. Now the Ravens keep Monroe and the Dolphins get the guy projected to be a guard and who has less heart than Albert Haynesworth

  5. chinahand11 says: Mar 10, 2014 11:55 AM

    Need to start somewhere – this is an excellent pickup for Fins.

  6. pisstol says: Mar 10, 2014 11:56 AM

    So the guy they should have got a year ago is coming now….a year older & with more wear & tear.

    And knowing the Fins, they’ll overpay in a panic due to the moronic decisions made over the years.

    They have officially replaced the Raiders as the most disjointed, laughable team in the league.

  7. finsfaninsc says: Mar 10, 2014 11:56 AM

    This would be great!! Keep it coming Hickey!! Need a Guard, RT, DT and a Safety. Try to resign Keller (if he is healthy) and get a big RB. No Chris Johnson.

  8. phinsfan2014 says: Mar 10, 2014 11:56 AM

    Gr8 signing by us now we need a RT and a guard and a DT SIGN Soliai and draft anotherDT Sign beason maybe byrd or ward whoever is cheaper we are coning back baby watch out patriots

  9. dlr4skins says: Mar 10, 2014 11:56 AM

    Is this like violating the salary cap in a year where there was no salary cap?

    Dan Snyder, Jerry Jones, and I are confused.

  10. mcjon22 says: Mar 10, 2014 11:57 AM

    M3dman3,

    When was the last time the Bills finished .500??? Yeah, thought so.

    Don’t throw stones when your team lives in a glass stadium

  11. grantsbuds says: Mar 10, 2014 11:59 AM

    Miami makes yet another bone-headed signing. Why not Monroe, Veldheer or Collins? More upside, lack of injury history, younger, etc……

    Does the front office drink sea water?

  12. thegregwitul says: Mar 10, 2014 12:00 PM

    30 years old and exiting his prime? Check.

    Injury prone with lack of heart? Check.

    Will likely be overpaid in his new deal? Check.

    Light years better than any lineman currently on the Dolphins roster? Check.

    It is what it is, Miami. Last year around this time, the Dolfans were bragging about taking over the division, and that was after overpaying for a one dimensional wideout, an average TE who didn’t make it past the preseason and a LB fresh off a Super Bowl win who replaced a better player that was dumped.

    But hey, South Beach makes for some nice offseason recovery. At least it’s not Cleveland.

  13. buchopeful says: Mar 10, 2014 12:01 PM

    So… wheres the guy thats going to say, “Khalil is the best!”

  14. chapmanb2014 says: Mar 10, 2014 12:03 PM

    Why would anyone want to join the franchise that created Bully-gate?
    —————————————————————-
    Ability to live in South Beach
    NO State income tax
    8-8 team that should have had at least 3 more wins

    Is that enough reasons?

  15. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 10, 2014 12:05 PM

    Branden Albert> Matt Kalil

  16. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 10, 2014 12:05 PM

    He does know that in 3 years his home games will be played at Wembley Stadium, doesn’t he ?

  17. jobytrice says: Mar 10, 2014 12:06 PM

    No one has less heart or drive than Albert Haynesworth. It’s also worth noting that a market hasn’t really developed for Monroe. Someone who was unhappy with the amount his team was offering and wanting to test the market, and then coming back must say something. Also, the Ravens haven’t signed him yet so someone could still take him. More teams had Albert listed as the top LT on the market. Just saying.

  18. craniator says: Mar 10, 2014 12:07 PM

    “Why would anyone want to join the franchise that created bully-gate ?”
    The Dolphins didn’t create bully-gate — the media did.

  19. marylandchief says: Mar 10, 2014 12:08 PM

    Great individual who will bring teriffic professionalism to to a place its much needed. That said, better have a good back up. Brandon hasnt played 16 games in any year since he came in.

  20. jasonfinfan says: Mar 10, 2014 12:10 PM

    I guess he can protect your 100 million dollar interception machine, I hope you do keep monroe he is overrated and i expect flacco to throw another 20 interceptions this year as well. You guys are going to be in salary cap hell for years to come, thanks to Flacco’s contract.

    hakunamangata says:
    Mar 10, 2014 11:53 AM
    Good. Now the Ravens keep Monroe and the Dolphins get the guy projected to be a guard and who has less heart than Albert Haynesworth

  21. flash1283 says: Mar 10, 2014 12:10 PM

    Branden Albert appears to be headed to an average team!

  22. jasonfinfan says: Mar 10, 2014 12:14 PM

    Good start, Hopefully land a RT in the draft and have Jonathan Martin as a versatile backup LT and RT since he has experience at both positions.

    As for Bullygate i don’t see that happening again with the attention that was thrust on by the media.The dolphins will be one of the strictest teams in the NFL.

  23. southpaw2k says: Mar 10, 2014 12:24 PM

    jasonfinfan says:
    Mar 10, 2014 12:10 PM

    I guess [Monroe] can protect your 100 million dollar interception machine, I hope you do keep monroe he is overrated and i expect flacco to throw another 20 interceptions this year as well. You guys are going to be in salary cap hell for years to come, thanks to Flacco’s contract.

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    Oh well, if you know so much about how to manage the cap in the NFL, why exactly aren’t you a GM?

    It’s amazing how fans think they know so much more than they actually do.

    If/when the cap hits $160 million in 2016, do you really think the Ravens will be in “cap hell” with Flacco’s contract? Even if it doesn’t get that high, do you really think Ozzie Newsome, Steve Bisciotti, and John Harbaugh didn’t have a plan in place on how to handle it?

  24. redislander10 says: Mar 10, 2014 12:25 PM

    @ hakunamangata:

    I’m not sure where you are getting your info about Branden Albert having less heart than Albert Haynesworth. As a Chiefs fan, I have nothing but good things to say about both his heart and his quality of play. Yes, he has been knicked up a game or two here and there, but such is life in the NFL, particularly at his position. And despite the fact that he might have been originally projected as a guard when he was drafted, he has several years under his belt playing nothing but LT at a pretty high level. Miami is getting a very solid player here. I just wish they would have done it last year and given us the 2nd rounder for him.

  25. rockthered1286 says: Mar 10, 2014 12:41 PM

    Here’s what I am hearing from Fins fans:

    “Great move! Now we just need every other spot on the OL, a DT… or 2, a WR, a RB, a TE, a safety…”

    Let’s sum it up. Half of the roster.

  26. iamkillerfin says: Mar 10, 2014 12:45 PM

    I hope this happens this is step 1 to building a good o line to protect Tannehill. Idiots Ross & Ireland should have done this last year tho!!! Philbin better build a hell of a team cuz he’s one & done if the Fins can’t get anywhere!!!

  27. DonRSD says: Mar 10, 2014 12:47 PM

    Worst sports franchise = Miami Dolphins.
    You
    Go there to end your career.

  28. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 10, 2014 12:52 PM

    At least it’s not Buffalo.

  29. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 10, 2014 1:01 PM

    LOL, he fits what they’re about.

  30. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 10, 2014 1:03 PM

    While Albert and are sipping a pina colada at South Beach, dolphin haters suffer as they struggle with the snow.

  31. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 10, 2014 1:03 PM

    While Albert and I are sipping a pina colada at South Beach, dolphin haters suffer as they struggle with the snow.

  32. ghost26 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:05 PM

    Oh well, if you know so much about how to manage the cap in the NFL, why exactly aren’t you a GM?

    It’s amazing how fans think they know so much more than they actually do.

    If/when the cap hits $160 million in 2016, do you really think the Ravens will be in “cap hell” with Flacco’s contract? Even if it doesn’t get that high, do you really think Ozzie Newsome, Steve Bisciotti, and John Harbaugh didn’t have a plan in place on how to handle it?

    I don’t think the cap is the issue w/ the Ravens. The issue going forward is whether your QB is that good enough to carry your team. I don’t believe that 19 TD’s & 22 INT’s is going to do it. And Dolphin fans question whether Tannehill is good enough to be the answer in Miami with the O-line he played behind???

    Flacco like most of the QB’s in the NFL is NOT a guy who can consistently put his team on his back & carry them. Flacco is guy who needs a dominant running game to take the pressure off of him & then he can take his shots down the field. He’s a good starting QB who has a cannon for an arm but the guy needs help. He’s not Brady or Rodgers or Peyton or Brees & will never be.

  33. chrisk61 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:13 PM

    if albert was a gamer, kc would keep him. they almost traded him last yr.

    i guess mia is desperate, as they off line, post-jonathan wah wah martin fiasco, is in shambles.

    personally i would instead load up on the off line with my first 3-4 draft picks and let rookies play.

    brandon albert is quite possibly a colossal mistake — another one for this franchise — and he will be dead weight of mediocrity rather a platform or foundation to rebuild.

  34. kc571 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:18 PM

    Coming from a KC fan, BA was a leader on the line. He wanted more respect from MGMT in regards to a contract, like any player. Sure, he get’s hurt a little, but plays hurt. I would have wanted him to stay. He’s a good pass protector, not great vs the run. FWIW, Monroe being a LT pushed BA to guard in college. So the joke is that everyone constantly says to move BA back to guard where he had success in college. He’s an above avg LT, and a good guy (from what I have read and heard on twitter).

  35. thebirdsareback says: Mar 10, 2014 1:31 PM

    I am just glad the loser dolphins cant throw a bunch of money at my boy Monroe now. The Ravens should seal this up with a generous offer or that first round pick is going to be the Ravens starting LT next year. Rookie…ehhh I am not liking the sound of that. Get it done Ozzie. In regards to the dolphins getting BA…he’s def better then Big Mac lol

  36. shayeezy says: Mar 10, 2014 1:43 PM

    all these people talking about albert’s lack of heart are talking straight out of their rears. guy is tough as nails and an extremely hard worker. you don’t go toe to toe with the best defensive ends in the league for six seasons and lack heart.

  37. sethreal says: Mar 10, 2014 2:00 PM

    Albert is an upgrade no matter if you think he is a good player or not. Our OLine was in shambles last season and gave up an absurd amount of sacks. It’s just one step closer to making our team stronger.

  38. igotgamenj says: Mar 10, 2014 2:42 PM

    Can’t wait to shut everyone up this year !!!

  39. iseeyou41 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:46 PM

    So far so good GM bringing back top corner we knew that locking in a top offensive linemen great job the real test start with evaluating talent and drafting the right players that can make immediate impact not sit on the sidelines and be on special teams

  40. dolfan4ever says: Mar 10, 2014 2:57 PM

    Sun Sep 08 at Cleveland Browns W 23-10
    Sun Sep 15 at Indianapolis Colts W 24-20 – Made Playoffs
    Sun Sep 22 ATLANTA FALCONS W 27-23
    Mon Sep 30 at New Orleans Saints L 17-38
    Sun Oct 06 BALTIMORE RAVENS L 23-26
    Sun Oct 13 * * Bye Week * *
    Sun Oct 20 BUFFALO BILLS L 21-23
    Sun Oct 27 at New England Patriots L 17-27
    Thu Oct 31 CINCINNATI BENGALS W 22-20 – Made Playoffs
    Mon Nov 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 19-22
    Sun Nov 17 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS W 24-20 – Made Playoffs
    Sun Nov 24 CAROLINA PANTHERS L 16-20
    Sun Dec 01 at New York Jets W 23-3
    Sun Dec 08 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 34-28
    Sun Dec 15 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS W 24-20 – Made Playoffs
    Sun Dec 22 at Buffalo Bills L 0-19
    Sun Dec 29 NEW YORK JETS L 7-20

    With the exception of the Saints, Bills and Jets we were in every game till the end. Please quit hating, we’re picking 19th in the draft because we were better than 18 other teams…chances are you’re team was in the 18!

  41. ovaw8lova says: Mar 10, 2014 4:13 PM

    ^^ I agree with this guy.

  42. herephishyphishy says: Mar 10, 2014 9:17 PM

    “Should have gotten him last year” ???? I hate Ireland as much as the next guy but have to give him credit. Does anyone remember the Cheifs wanted Wake in a trade for Albert? Thank god Ireland held on to the one find on his résumé.

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