Dolphins, Jags Nearing Branden Albert Trade

On Thursday, the Dolphins decided to release tackle Branden Albert. That is, until at least one team phoned them with trade interest. For now, Albert remains on the roster as the Dolphins explore trade possibilities. Apparently, it didn’t take long for serious talks to materialize. The Jaguars and Dolphins have talked trade, according to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald. A source tells Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter) that the Jaguars are the “primary destination” for Albert at this time. Branden Albert (vertical)

The Jaguars are in need of a starting left tackle after declining Kelvin Beachum‘s contract option on Thursday. At this time, Salguero writes that the Jaguars could be the only team to have expressed interest in an Albert trade. In addition to an agreement of terms between the two Florida teams, the Jaguars will presumably want the blessing of Albert. Albert may not have explicit no-trade rights, but there’s little sense in bringing him on board if he does not want to be there. Albert will turn 33 in November and he might not be gung-ho about joining a team that went 3-13 in 2016.

The Dolphins want draft compensation, though it won’t necessarily have to be an early pick, Salguero writes. Miami will want a pick in the 2017 draft but Jacksonville might push it to be a conditional 2018 pick based on Albert’s performance. If they can’t agree on proper draft considerations, Salguero writes that the two teams might move on to players.

One player who might not figure into the Jags’ plans for 2017 is tight end Julius Thomas and Salguero raises him as a trade candidate, though it’s not clear whether that is speculative or based on direct knowledge. The versatile Thomas would fill a need for Miami and a trade would allow the Jags to get off the hook for the remaining three years of his deal, including his guaranteed base salary. The Dolphins willingly absorbed Byron Maxwell’s contract this time last year, but I’m skeptical as to whether they’d do the same with Thomas after two disappointing years.

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18 comments on “Dolphins, Jags Nearing Branden Albert Trade

  1. XFLbetterthanNFL

    Oh man. Albert probably now saying “please just release me!”

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      • XFLbetterthanNFL

        Doubtful. Marrone was a pathetic hire but they can’t be much worse. Coughlin has zero front office experience. The Dolphins got hot and made the playoffs only to get embarrassed in the 1st round but they still made it. Their season was far better than the Jags.

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        • Jaxon de Villains

          Zero front office experience? Coughlin was HC and GM the first time around, engineered the Jags expansion draft, traded for Mark Brunell, and took the team to the AFC Championship in a couple of years.

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          • XFLbetterthanNFL

            His career record in Jacksonville is 68-60 and 4-4 in playoffs. Bad? No. Good? No. But sadly, he is the best Jacksonville has ever had.

            Mark Brunell…there’s an all time great QB. Sadly, he’s the best Jag QB.

            I wish the Jags the best. They are stuck at the bottom of the NFL in what seems like forever. Never win a thing. Allen Robinson is looking like a stud WR. Just need a QB, RB (or 2), TE, and OL then the offense is ready to go.

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            • In regards to the QB situation, the Jags have only been around since 1995. And the primary starting QBs for the Jags since then (so not counting the injury spot starts, end of the year starts, etc) have been Brunell (7 years), Leftwich (3 years), Garrard (5 years), Gabbert (2 years), Henne (1 year), and Bortles (3 years). Those first three were serviceable QBs…not franchise QBs by any means, but good enough to at least make the Jags competitive. Not saying to give more respect to the Jags QBs, but its not like the Jags have been around for decades or have had a revolving door at the QB position (yes I’m looking at you Cleveland Browns).

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  2. No matter what you’re responses is with miami dolphins, football. A true Fan believes in our teams direction. TRUE FAN . NOT A TROLL HATER/UNDERMINER. YOU KNOW WhO YOU ARE.

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    • XFLbetterthanNFL

      Yeah! Only true Dolphins fans know anything! Everyone else are fake fans! Fake news!

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  3. TJECK109

    It kind of makes me laugh though that if there is this kind of interest in Alberts why didn’t Miami do the due diligence in shopping him around?

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    • Kenny

      More than likely there doing it now is because earlier in the year they probably weren’t even thinking about plus he’s said to be a good influence in the locker room with the young guys

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    • El Rono

      I agree totally. It seems they would have tried to trade someone of his caliber first. To me it’s a little embarrassing for them. I’d like to keep him with a restructured deal. He has great leadership qualities and we need good O linemen. He has to know the team is moving in the right direction.

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  4. This game is quite simple, beat destroy dominate the man in your way. That’s how you beat any team. Aka patriots !!!!! Coaches Must Out coach Bill B. And his coaches, Your Players must out play theirs. Earn your money, Make the patriots have a revolving DOOR. Teams must look study film on all their player. Find weaknesses in all players,And Explort, them all game none stop.Sixty Plus Minn.

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  5. nicolemoore111

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  6. DrLagwagon

    I dont understand why wed part with an offensive lineman in any instance with the state of our o line

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    • His cap hit. I don’t know how close to the cap the Dolphins are, but I know Albert’s cap hit is in the $8 million area (unguaranteed), and given Albert’s injury history (and Laremy Tunsil’s spot on the roster), the Dolphins could rid themselves of Albert and sign a guard at a cheaper price than Albert (and move Tunsil to LT). Albert’s been too injured to continue paying him at that price.

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