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Dolphins tap the brakes on cutting Branden Albert

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The Dolphins will cut Branden Albert. Unless they don’t.

The veteran left tackle has become the latest example of a player who is told that he’s out and then, once the team realizes there could be a trade market for him, the process stops. Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Albert has been told he’ll be cut, but as of the end of the day on Thursday he remains on the roster.

Per Salguero, “there is sudden and significant interest from at least one and perhaps other teams in acquiring Albert.”

And so the Dolphins will keep Albert for now, waiting to see whether a trade can be worked out. By rule, no trades can happen until the new league year commences at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 9.

The deeper question is whether the Dolphins intended to pursue this approach all along, setting the process in motion to cut Albert but waiting for teams to call and inquire about the possibility of trading for his current contract in lieu of signing him on the open market, in competition with other teams. If so, it’s a shrewd move by Miami, since it gives them a position of greater strength than if they decided to initiate trade talks.

Albert is due to make $8.875 million in 2017, and he is signed through 2018.

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26 Responses to “Dolphins tap the brakes on cutting Branden Albert”
  1. jbsptfn says: Feb 16, 2017 5:25 PM

    Wonder if Denver is one of the teams that is interested in a trade.

  2. dino2997 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:31 PM

    I would imagine the salary and diminishing skills would make a trade prohibitive but left tackle’s are always in demand.

  3. ebr362 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:32 PM

    I love this move, very Belichickian in getting something today for a good player that appears to have his best days behind him when a replacement is already in house!

  4. scmems07 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:35 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Seattle that has shown the interest. I’m sure they are tired of Sherman’s antics and his play does not speak louder than his words, never has. They probably realize that he’s just a system guy and anyone could come in and perform with Kam, Bobby and Earl on that defense.

  5. finsphan says: Feb 16, 2017 5:37 PM

    I was wondering why they would just cut him, he’s still a top 10 LT when healthy and there are many teams who need help there. He takes up $8.5 mil towards the cap, well worth it for a team that is desperate for o-line help like Min, Sea or Car.

  6. xpensivewinos says: Feb 16, 2017 5:43 PM

    How does it strengthen their position to now get value in return for someone they supposedly were going to cut?

    It would make more sense to call teams behind the scenes (those with an obvious need at tackle) and gauge interest that way. If they didn’t like any of the offers, then cut him.

  7. biggs13 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:43 PM

    Trade for a Linebacker!

  8. icebowler says: Feb 16, 2017 5:43 PM

    Is he still breathing? Yes…then the Vikings are definitely interested.

  9. mcjon22 says: Feb 16, 2017 5:49 PM

    I’m sure they’ll gladly take a 6th or 7th round pick from this mystery franchise

  10. 305phinphan says: Feb 16, 2017 7:04 PM

    Any possibility Albert came in last second and said he’d rework his contract with the expectations he’ll move to guard?

  11. codiablo says: Feb 16, 2017 7:11 PM

    Vikings wouldn’t take him for that much, nor will AP get that much from them if he decides to stay. This says Jaguars all the way.

  12. mygirlhassuperhairymanarms says: Feb 16, 2017 7:15 PM

    Too late now. Everybody knows there will be no trade market and will wait for the release.

  13. justintuckrule says: Feb 16, 2017 7:31 PM

    Giants for their 5th. Watch.

  14. twinfan24 says: Feb 16, 2017 8:29 PM

    xpensivewinos says:
    Feb 16, 2017 5:43 PM
    How does it strengthen their position to now get value in return for someone they supposedly were going to cut?

    It would make more sense to call teams behind the scenes (those with an obvious need at tackle) and gauge interest that way. If they didn’t like any of the offers, then cut him.

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    There are a lot of teams that could use OL help. Many of them probably figure that they cannot necessarily outbid for him, or recruit him into coming to their team. So, a trade is the only way for some of those teams to acquire him.

  15. sparty0n says: Feb 16, 2017 9:06 PM

    Albert is due to make $8.875 million in 2017. But how much salary will the new team be responsible for if they trade for him?

  16. dolphansanity says: Feb 16, 2017 9:48 PM

    Dolphins should have converted his 2017 salary into a signing bonus and extended his contract for 2 more years. 3 yrs/16M. Thats a little over 5 million per year with a signing bonus of 8M. He becomes a guard and/or backup tackle. Great insurance for a line that seems to always be injured. You don’t just let borderline pro bowl talent leave. If they let him leave maybe Miami can trade him for a high end linebacker.

  17. mrwalterisgod says: Feb 16, 2017 10:05 PM

    I didn’t major in business, but it’s common logic to not reveal your desire when negotiating. Now everyone knows Miami wants Albert gone, but wants something in return.

    I’ll be surprised if it’s anything more than a 5th round pick and an aging player on defense.

  18. jchipwood says: Feb 16, 2017 10:26 PM

    So you thought they were going to cut him and they didnt. Sounds like terrible reporting to me. Maybe you guys should get your heads out of Krafts rear end and report on the on the non cheating teams in the NFL.

  19. paastahtroy says: Feb 16, 2017 10:27 PM

    scmems07 says:
    Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Seattle that has shown the interest. I’m sure they are tired of Sherman’s antics and his play does not speak louder than his words, never has. They probably realize that he’s just a system guy and anyone could come in and perform with Kam, Bobby and Earl on that defense.

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    You are literally the most ignorant football fan alive. Seattle is NOT the team interested and Sherman is by far (using any stats you want) the best CB in the game.

  20. whoknowsnothing says: Feb 16, 2017 10:42 PM

    At least MARIO Williams is gone for sure!!!

  21. therealnorwegianblue says: Feb 17, 2017 1:25 AM

    There has been some talk in Atlanta about possibly trading a mid-round pick for Albert. Jake Matthews is gifted but mediocre as a starting NFL LT. He might be very good as an RG, which would address the biggest weakness on the Falcons OL, effectively upgrading both spots with one move.

  22. flaccotoboldin says: Feb 17, 2017 8:12 AM

    Browns?

  23. Bo Darville says: Feb 17, 2017 8:12 AM

    Can we ‘tap the brakes’ on using the phrase ‘tap the brakes’?

  24. micronin127 says: Feb 17, 2017 8:19 AM

    Dolphins made the playoffs and with these cuts have a ton of cap space too. Things are looking up in Miami.

  25. jkossrt says: Feb 17, 2017 9:18 AM

    paastahtroy says:
    Feb 16, 2017 10:27 PM
    scmems07 says:
    Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Seattle that has shown the interest. I’m sure they are tired of Sherman’s antics and his play does not speak louder than his words, never has. They probably realize that he’s just a system guy and anyone could come in and perform with Kam, Bobby and Earl on that defense.

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    You are literally the most ignorant football fan alive. Seattle is NOT the team interested and Sherman is by far (using any stats you want) the best CB in the game

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    And how would getting rid of Sherman increase their interest in Albert? Sherman plays defense and Albert is an Offensive Tackle. Opposite sides of the ball!

  26. uglydingo says: Feb 17, 2017 10:16 AM

    My tip is the LA Rams. Joyner is a CB whose skill is stopping the slot receivers and this is a position of need for the Dolphins. The Rams need major help on their O-line to protect their big investment in Goff and better establish the run for Gurley. They also need Draft picks. Albert is a good O-line team leader. Dolphins give up a Draft pick and Albert for Joyner.

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