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Report: Dolphins will cut Branden Albert

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 29:  Branden Albert #76 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 29, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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20 Responses to “Report: Dolphins will cut Branden Albert”
  1. finsphan says: Feb 16, 2017 11:41 AM

    Great player, just couldn’t stay healthy. Wish him the best.

  2. irkjames says: Feb 16, 2017 11:43 AM

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

  3. fredsingleton says: Feb 16, 2017 11:46 AM

    Branden, welcome to the Broncos, Seahawks, or Vikings.

  4. RandyinRoxbury says: Feb 16, 2017 11:50 AM

    Good move for the Dolphins, the best ability is availability and Albert just doesn’t play enough due to various injuries.

  5. tylawspick6 says: Feb 16, 2017 11:52 AM

    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.

  6. averagejoe5050 says: Feb 16, 2017 12:05 PM

    Welcome to Philadelphia….

  7. chadsmith013 says: Feb 16, 2017 12:11 PM

    im standing by for the as a close friend of the organization guys take..

  8. jjackwagon says: Feb 16, 2017 12:13 PM

    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.

  9. 305phinphan says: Feb 16, 2017 12:23 PM

    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.

  10. wrlegrand says: Feb 16, 2017 12:24 PM

    Add the Panthers to the list of potential suitors

  11. 305phinphan says: Feb 16, 2017 12:24 PM

    @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.

  12. beachsidejames says: Feb 16, 2017 12:52 PM

    Could be the best back up in the league. Just can’t be the starter anymore.

  13. joefelicelli says: Feb 16, 2017 12:55 PM

    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.

  14. getitrightflorio says: Feb 16, 2017 1:16 PM

    When we beat more than one team above .500 I will be happy.

  15. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 16, 2017 1:26 PM

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

  16. destructicus says: Feb 16, 2017 1:41 PM

    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.

  17. elimanningup says: Feb 16, 2017 2:50 PM

    So right now the Giants LT options are:

    Whitworth
    Reiff
    Albert
    Clady
    Beachum

  18. ZULU Agency says: Feb 16, 2017 2:53 PM

    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

  19. jjackwagon says: Feb 16, 2017 2:57 PM

    @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.

  20. simplegodfather says: Feb 16, 2017 4:41 PM

    any chance that Clady will go to Miami, and Brandon go to Jets, and they both flop as usual?

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