Report: Dolphins, Jags working on Branden Albert – Julius Thomas swap

AP

The Dolphins and Jaguars are working on a trade involving offensive tackle Branden Albert and tight end Julius Thomas, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The report said there are hurdles that still need to be cleared, including the possibility that the players involved might need to restructure their contracts.

It was reported last week that the Dolphins would release Albert, but that didn’t happen. It does seem clear that he’s not in the team’s 2017 plans, and the Jaguars were immediately linked to Albert as a potential suitor.

The players involved would have to pass physicals, and no deal could become official until the new league year begins on March 9.

Thomas is under contract through 2019, and $3 million of his $7.1 million 2017 salary is already guaranteed. Thomas caught four touchdown passes in nine games for the Jaguars last season and had his best seasons with the Broncos when Dolphins head coach Adam Gase was the offensive coordinator in Denver.

The Dolphins are in the tight end market with both Dion Sims and Jordan Cameron eligible for free agency next month. The Jaguars are in the tackle market because they won’t be picking up the 2017 contract option on Kelvin Beachum.

Moving on from Albert would save the Dolphins about $7.2 million in cap space for 2017. The team is expected to move 2016 first-round pick Laremy Tunsil out from guard to take Albert’s spot at left tackle.

45 responses to “Report: Dolphins, Jags working on Branden Albert – Julius Thomas swap

  1. Trade for an expensive receiving target still living off 1 great season 4 years ago?

    Sure. Why not? Preseason Super Bowls aren’t won by resting on your laurels.

  2. The Jaguars, in their ultimate stupidity, just picked up Thomas’ $3 million option and wrote him that check last week. Now, they are getting rid of him. What would you expect of a franchise that is moving forward with Blake Bortles.

  3. Clearly, Thomas would have to renegotiate. MIA isn’t stupid enough to pay Thomas $7.1M, are they?

  4. I’d do it. Eventually they will find a healthy TE that is a threat. Once that happens the entire offense opens up. Albert was great when healthy but he missed way too many games and played in some more where he was hobbled. Cameron has too much baggage with the concussion stuff. Keep Sims and bring in Thomas. If it doesn’t work out it is a wash.

  5. Everything just keeps falling into place for the world champion New England Patriots. This trade being one of them. It’s clear that the fish just aren’t on our level. Best. Of. Times.

  6. Make this happen miami. It’s always better to get any return on a player that is probably going to be cut anyway.

  7. Okay, the Jags didn’t write Thomas a check, only guaranteed $3 million off his contract. Either way, stupid move as it guaranteed moving forward to pay him $7 million this year. Looks like Miami might let them off the hook.

  8. So Miami will fill a position of need at TE With a player who caught 24 TD’s in 2 years under Gase by trading an aging player they were about to cut…. Yet somehow people still try to find ways to troll the Dolphins…… Makes sense.

    I believe Sims is the exact type of player Thomas is just not as polished. I hope they will bring Sims back, he’s a good run blocker and an underrated pass catcher. The two TE set with Sims and Thomas could be a matchup problem for a lot of teams.

    Plus this frees up Miami’s draft by not needing to use a high pick on a TE and focus on defense.

  9. bighairbingopro says:
    Feb 19, 2017 5:25 PM
    Hey Julius, how’s the money? Was it worth a ring?

    Signed,

    Bronco fans that don’t care.
    ++++++++++++++++++

    But you cared enough to post about it

  10. Patskrieg says:

    Trade for an expensive receiving target still living off 1 great season 4 years ago?
    __________________________

    24 TD’s and 2 pro bowl selections in 2 years=1 great season……..

    Miami deserves a better set of trolls.

  11. ” Yet somehow people still try to find ways to troll the Dolphins…”

    Lol welcome to the internet. Every team gets trolled on pretty much every article.

    It doesn’t mean the trolls are saying anything intelligent or that’s really applicable, it just means you’re looking at an online board.

  12. Catching 4 TD passes in 9 games in that horrible offense from that joke of a QB is actually impressive.

    No free agent ever does well in Jacksonville. He’ll do very well being back in Gase’s system

  13. Such short sighted people on here, haha! Thomas did squat for Jax, yeah we know. He did best with Gase-our current HC. What’s not to understand?? Jeeeez, haters…

  14. Thomas is fragile but I think he and Sims make a good pair of TEs. I just hope he isn’t one of those guys that mailed it in because they got paid. Hard to tell sometimes. Regardless, potentially filling a need by trading a guy who was about to be cut seems like a no-brainer to me.

  15. 24 TD’s and 2 pro bowl selections in 2 years=1 great season……..

    Miami deserves a better set of trolls.

    ——————————————————

    To be fair, JT shouldn’t have made the Pro Bowl the second year. Plus Pro Bowls dont really mean anything anymore. He scored 9 Tds in 5 games (3 tds in 1 game) but avg like 35 yards a game. Once he scored those TDs and saw he was going to get paid in FA that year he coasted his way the rest of the season. The man has never completed a full season in his career and benefitted greatly off of Manning. As a Broncos fan, I am glad we didn’t pay him a penny to stay.

  16. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Feb 19, 2017 8:06 PM
    That chipwood poster is one of the best on PFT, i always look forward to his comments.

    ———————–

    He does tend to be oblivious to facts though. Thats why every one of his comments gets owned so bad the rest of us are usually rofl after reading the exchanges. And its not even just one guy, he puts up a comment and whoever is next online destroys it. But you are right that for sheer entertainment value that stuff is gold. And bless him for how he keeps coming back for more. The gift that keeps on giving.

  17. Best news I’ve heard all day, IF goes through would be a great trade for both teams. Especially for Miami, as it would be a huge upgrade at the TE position. Plus another weapon offensively that Defenses would have to pay attention to. Assuming Tannehill would be able to get the ball to him. Though all indications point that he would be. Also have to like Thomas being back in a Adam Gase offense again. Yes I realize Julius’s last great season was In Peyton Mannings record breaking season. However, as I said. He’s still a huge upgrade at the TE position for Miami. Plus pair him with rest of Landry,Stills(hopefully)Parker,Ajayi and that’s a very skilled offense. A offense I’d take Thomas in over Jacksonvilles any day of week!

  18. “It was reported last week that the Dolphins would release Albert, but that didn’t happen.”

    correction: it was reported that he was released, but that had never happened.

    it is not hard to wait until something happens before saying it has. people do it all the time.

    #mikegarafolo #fakenews

  19. “Clearly, Thomas would have to renegotiate. MIA isn’t stupid enough to pay Thomas $7.1M, are they?”

    Look what they paid Jordan Cameron ……yes they are that stupid.

  20. 2016: LT/TE. Albert/Cameron $17.7 mil
    2017: LT/TE. Tunsil/Thomas $9.9 mil

    Younger, healthier and less money.
    Thomas had his best years under Gase.
    Sims is UFA, pay him $4 mil and you still have $10 mil left to sign 2 guards (If you use the same money budgeted for the OL last year)

  21. pastabelly says:
    Feb 19, 2017 5:18 PM

    The Jaguars, in their ultimate stupidity, just picked up Thomas’ $3 million option and wrote him that check last week. Now, they are getting rid of him. What would you expect of a franchise that is moving forward with Blake Bortles.

    =================================

    Pastabelly, from what I have read, if Thomas goes to Miami, that already guaranteed monetary obligation would also go to Miami. Jags would be off the hook.

  22. Funny that Miami is getting bashed for the trade when 1. They were gonna cut him and get nothing and 2. They got bashed last year for the trade with Philly but that turned out well. I trust our front office / coaching staff for once

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