Dolphins Change Minds, Won’t Cut Branden Albert

The Dolphins are not moving on from Branden Albert after all. Hours after deciding to cut the left tackle and informing him of their plans to do so, Miami has decided to hang on to him – for now. Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald hears that after word of Albert’s release broke, the Dolphins heard from at least one team that had interest in working out a trade. Now, the Dolphins decided that they are going to investigate any trade possibilities out there before letting him go for nothing.Branden Albert (vertical)

Albert was scheduled to carry a $10.6MM cap hit this season and releasing him would have saved $7.2MM. The team could also increase its immediate savings to $8.9MM by designating him a post June 1 cut. Before going down that path, however, the Dolphins first want to see if they can get some draft picks in return.

Albert, a exceptionally talented tackle, has struggled to stay healthy in Miami. In 2016, he made 12 starts and had a career-worst 42.2 grade from Pro Football Focus. The Dolphins drafted Laremy Tunsil last year with the idea that he would eventually play left tackle and, apparently, the future is now. He doesn’t have a place in Miami any longer, but other teams still want him despite his injury history and age.

The Dolphins currently have upwards of $40MM in cap room. If they trade or release Albert, they should have something closer to $50MM to work with.

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8 comments on “Dolphins Change Minds, Won’t Cut Branden Albert

  1. tpl

    Its a good move, even if it causes Miami to use a high draft pick on a guard. I just hope One of the lineman on the roster can play LG.

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  2. MiamiPhins34

    Too much money for a guy that doesn’t stay on the field. Really solid player though. Good move by the Dolphins.

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    • MiamiPhins34

      Lol ok now this backtracking is typical Miami.

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      • Maxx

        Cut him for nothing or trade him for something after some team contacts you?? Smarter move is to try for something, so it ain’t your typical Dolphins move.

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  3. Giants51

    Who was the team…… Does this guy have anything left in the tank…..???

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  4. mirpphin

    Panthers may be the team and LB Klein may be the target.

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    • Jeremy

      Why on earth would the Dolphins trade for a guy who’s about to be a free agent?

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      • james daley

        The same could be said for the Panthers too.
        Neither team would have to compete with anyone else in free agency for the players they want if this trade goes through. It’s a smart move for both teams.

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