Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Branden Albert, Mario Williams to be released by Dolphins

Branden Albert, Mario Williams to be released by Dolphins

Albert originally signed a five-year, $47 million deal with the Dolphins in 2014, but struggled to stay in the line-up over the course of the long regular season, starting an average of just under 12 games per year in Miami. However, most teams will purge the roster like the Dolphins did in the coming weeks.

The move clears the way for 2016 first round pick Laremy Tunsil to take over as Miami's left tackle of the present, and the future.

Williams was scheduled to make $8.485 million (none guaranteed) in 2017 and was to count $10.5 million against the Dolphins' cap. But the team may not be willing to trade for a 32-year-old Albert, who has battled injuries in recent seasons. Albert also is familiar with the AFC West as a longtime player with the Kansas City Chiefs. Tunsil, a left tackle in college at Ole Miss, played left guard in his rookie season.

On the other hand, the Dolphins finished the season with a 10-6 record and a trip to the playoffs, largely because when their starting offensive line was together, it was quite good. The moves are being regarded simply as salary cap moves, as the team tries to free up some space ahead of the upcoming NFL Draft.

After one disappointing season, the Dolphins released Williams on Thursday.

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While the Giants are in desperate need of an upgrade at the left tackle position, Albert doesn't seem to be a strong fit.

Drafted No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans in the 2006 draft, Williams has 97.5 career sacks, putting him eighth on the active leaders list.

The Dolphins get a head-start on free agency by trading for a big-name corner. He earned two Pro Bowl nods while notching 53 sacks over six years, including five in just 5 games his final fall in Texas.

So when defensive end Mario Williams was drafted out of North Carolina State, the big man had a big target on his back for those who wanted to quickly label him a bust.

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