Reports: Dolphins agree to terms with LT Albert, DT Mitchell
The Miami Dolphins agreed to terms with free-agent left tackle Branden Albert on Tuesday.
FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafalo reports the deal is for $47 million over five years with $26 million guaranteed.
The Dolphins also reportedly have agreed to a deal with free-agent nose tackle Earl Mitchell. According to ESPN, the 26-year-old former Houston Texan is expected to land a four-year, $16 million contact ($9 million guaranteed) with the Dolphins.
Free agents were allowed to sign with new teams once the new NFL year began at 4 p.m ET Tuesday.
Albert, 29, was considered one of the top free agents available. Kansas City’s first-round pick in 2008, he fills a desperate need for the Dolphins.
Even with Albert and returning center Mike Pouncey, Miami must make decisions about its remaining offensive line spots. The unit allowed a league-high 58 sacks last season and was partly to blame for a rushing attack that ranked 26th with an average of 90 yards per game.
Mitchell became a full-time starter in 2013 and led all nose tackles with 48 tackles last season. He was Houston’s third-round pick out of Arizona in 2010.
It’s more likely the 6-3, 300-pound Mitchell will move to defensive tackle in Miami’s 4-3 defense, rather than the Dolphins changing to a 3-4.
The Dolphins entered free agency with $35 million to $40 million in cap space and aside from filling needs along the offensive and defensive lines, could also snag a running back.
The Dolphins signed free-agent safety Louis Delmas to a one-year deal on Monday, a week after re-signing Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes to a four-year contract.
Miami spent around $146 million dollars last year in signing free agents, including receiver Mike Wallace and linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler.
As a player cut by his previous team (Detroit), Delmas was able to sign before Tuesday.