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Dolphins Haven’t Released LT Branden Albert, Teams Reportedly Showing Trade Interest In Him

Update:

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins are not releasing LT Branden Albert after all.

According to Salguero, the Dolphins made the decision to release Albert this morning but later changed their mind after speaking to him and his agents.

A league source tells Salguero that there is “sudden and significant interest” from at least one and possibly other teams in trading for Albert.

The Dolphins are still expected to move forward with Laremy Tunsil as their starting left tackle, but it appears as though Miami may be able to get something in return for Albert. Although, if there’s no deal to be made, Salguero still expects the Dolphins to release him.

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Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that the Dolphins are releasing veteran LT Branden Albert on Monday.

It was clear that the Dolphins were eventually going to move from Albert after they used their first-round pick on Laremy Tunsil last year.

The offensive tackle market was looking pretty thin this year, but in the past 24 hours Albert, Ryan Clady and Kelvin Beachum have all become available, so there will be options for teams to consider in the coming weeks.

Albert, 32, is a former first-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2008. He spent six years in Kansas City before signing a five-year, $46 million contract with $25 million guaranteed with the Dolphins back in 2014. He was set to make a base salary of $8.875 million for the 2017 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing will free up $7.2million of available cap space while creating $3.4 million in dead money.

In 2016, Albert appeared in 12 games and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 65 offensive tackle out of 78 qualifying players.