ProFootballTalk The Dolphins plan to release veteran offensive tackle Branden Albert, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Thursday. Albert, 32, spent the last three seasons with the Dolphins and made his second Pro Bowl in 2015. He played his first six seasons with the Chiefs. The Dolphins drafted Laremy Tunsil in the first round last year and played him mostly at guard as a rookie, but releasing Albert does not come as a surprise because the team sees Tunsil as its left tackle of the future. Albert started all 12 games for which he was healthy last season. He becomes an interesting addition to the free agent tackle market. Earlier this week, the Jets declined to pick up the option on Ryan Clady and the Jaguars decided the same with Kelvin Beachum, making both free agents next month.
The Miami Dolphins offensive line will have a different look in 2017, as they are apparently ready to pass the torch at left tackle to 2016 first round draft pick Laremy Tunsil, because they are releasing veteran Branden Albert. A two-time Pro Bowl tackle, Branden Albert has dealt with some injuries throughout his career, but was one of the best tackles in the NFL in his prime. He had two years and $18,450,000 remaining on his contract with the Dolphins, and despite being 32-years-old with a questionable health record, he is now the top left tackle available on the free agent market. What I love about Albert is his versatility, he can play either tackle spot as well as fill in at guard, and I would think both the New York Giants and the New York Jets would be at the top of the list of teams interested in signing the veteran Albert.
UPDATE: The Dolphins will also release defensive tackle Earl Mitchell who was due $4 million in 2017.
UPDATE: The Dolphins will also release defensive end Mario Williams after one unproductive season with the team.