Hours after reportedly preparing to cut veteran left tackle Branden Albert, the Miami Dolphins apparently have had a change of heart. According to the Miami Herald, there is at least one team that is willing to acquire Albert through a possible trade, prompting the Dolphins to keep Albert off the chopping block.
Albert started 12 games for the Dolphins this season but had one of his worst campaigns as a pro. He struggled to not just stay healthy, but when he was on the field, he was worked by opposing pass rushers.
At 32 years old, he’s nowhere near as athletic as he once was, and it showed on tape this past season. In his final game with the Dolphins, which came in the playoffs against the Steelers, fellow veteran James Harrison got the best of Albert on several occasions, which was a telltale sign that he wasn’t their future at left tackle.
In his place, the Dolphins will likely start Laremy Tunsil, whom they took in the first round last year. He mostly played guard in Miami this season with the exception of a few spot starts at left tackle, but he has the experience of playing the premier position on the O-line.
The Dolphins would save about $7.2 million by releasing Albert, who was set to count $10.6 million against the cap this season – the third most on the roster.
In addition to releasing Albert, the Dolphins are also parting ways with defensive end Mario Williams and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, saving additional cap space this offseason.