Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Lula West

Miami Dolphins to release LT Branden Albert, source says

Miami Dolphins to release LT Branden Albert, source says

The upcoming free agent pool of offensive linemen isn't particularly deep, but it had a little bit more talent added to it Thursday as the Miami Dolphins released veteran offensive tackle Branden Albert, who could be a potential upgrade for the Bears.

Albert was a huge signing when the Dolphins landed him in 2014, but he never really panned out, mostly because of injuries.

With Ereck Flowers expected to make a position change, Albert is certainly worth a look if the New York Giants are unable to land Andrew Whitworth on the open market. He lost his starting job at defensive end in October and appeared in 13 games (five starts) for Miami in 2016. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted him No. 15 overall in the 2008 draft. With Albert gone and Tunsil moving outside, the Dolphins can address the vacancy at guard in free agency or the draft.

And so the Dolphins will keep Albert for now, waiting to see whether a trade can be worked out. All three of those players' saved cap adds up to almost $20 million according to Spotrac.

By releasing Albert, 32, the Dolphins will save $7.2 million in cap space.

Earl Mitchell started 24 games at defensive tackle for Miami's disappointing defensive line, which was a major factor in Miami's opponents averaging 140 rushing yards per game against the Dolphins (ranked 30th).

His departure means Laremy Tunsil, the 13th overall selection in the 2016 National Football League draft, will shift to left tackle after playing primarily at left guard during his rookie season. He spent last season on injured reserve after injuring his knee.

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