Report: Dolphins will cut Branden Albert

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The Dolphins plan to release veteran offensive tackle Branden Albert, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Thursday.

Albert, 32, spent the last three seasons with the Dolphins and made his second Pro Bowl in 2015. He played his first six seasons with the Chiefs.

The Dolphins drafted Laremy Tunsil in the first round last year and played him mostly at guard as a rookie, but releasing Albert does not come as a surprise because the team sees Tunsil as its left tackle of the future.

Albert had two years left on his contract and was due to make $8.8 million in 2017 had he stayed with the Dolphins.

Albert started all 12 games for which he was healthy last season. He becomes an interesting addition to the free agent tackle market. Earlier this week, the Jets declined to pick up the option on Ryan Clady and the Jaguars decided the same with Kelvin Beachum, making both free agents next month.

20 responses to “Report: Dolphins will cut Branden Albert

  1. Excellent player when healthy, which was about 70% of the time. Wish him the best. He played hard for us, sometimes even through injury.

  2. This guy was essentially a bust that no one wanted to admit was a bust.

    When you draft a guy that high to be a stalwart on your O Line, and he can’t even play the position he should have played in KC, and then he is moved to Tackle in desperation, with a desperate Miami whiffing on Jake Long, I am sorry, but that is bust material.

    I would be ticked off if I spent a top 10 pick on an OL, and they weren’t a Pro Bowl type player every year.

  3. KC fans tried to tell you he wasn’t worth the money.

    Was very good to great when he played, but he just doesn’t play enough because of injuries.

    You can’t make the club in the tub Branden.

  4. Smart move by Miami. Not many teams can release their starting pro bowl left tackle and have a superstar left tackle next man up. It’s an addition by subtracting, cutting Albert saves $8.9 mil in which Miami can get a top tier guard like Zeitler. Great player, great person off the field, wish Albert nothing but the best.

  5. @jjackwagon He held down the line while he was here. He was worth every penny! If it wasn’t for Albert, Tannehill would have had his neck broken by now.

  6. Bears should be watching this as well as Jason Peters closely, as both would be tremendous upgrades over Charles Leno. They have the cap room, and whoever the QB is in 2017 is going to need time to wait on their big, slow receivers to get open.

  7. Miami: “We’re so sorry, Uncle Albert…but we haven’t done a bloody thing all [year]…”

  8. Overall I was pleased with his play, and this move surprised me… though going into 2017 with the intention of starting Albert at LT for 16 games would have been the real shock.

    I agree with the label of “great player when healthy” but with the caveat “except in his last game played, in the playoffs against Pittsburgh, when he was a liability”. It’s a harsh “what have you done for me lately” league, and that’s why Albert was cut.

    I really hope the Dolphins realize that Ja’wuan James regressed last seasons, and have solved that problem. Maybe it was O-line chemistry being hurt by a rotating starting cast in the first half of the season, but he allowed some horrible game changing sacks in the Dolphins loses last year.

    I’d love if they resign Albert as a backup.

  9. great guy, player and class act
    wish the Dolphins and Albert could have worked it out and Albert would have played guard next season.
    Sad to see him leave but understand that Tunsil is a better player and needs to play LT

  10. @305phinphan, obvious he isn’t “worth every penny”, or we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

    I guess the Phins finally figured out what the Chiefs already knew. 8.8 mil is too much to pay a guy that is out for a full quarter of the season and dinged up the other three quarters.

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