Reports surfaced on Thursday that the Miami Dolphins were on the verge of releasing former Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert. But as the team sought to make the release official, something odd happened. It realized that there might be some interest in the veteran on the trade market.
So, as a way to see if they could get something in return for the pass protector, the Dolphins decided against releasing him immediately.
Now comes this report from Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald suggesting that the Jacksonville Jaguars are interested in potentially acquiring Albert in a trade.
Salguero goes on to indicate that multiple teams have shown interest in the former Kansas City Chiefs first-round pick. This really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Top-end left tackles are not a dime a dozen in today’s NFL. And despite missing 13 games over the past three seasons, Albert is just one year removed from a Pro Bowl nod.
Albert, 32, has a $10.6 million for the 2017 season. That’s not a terrible price tag for someone of his ilk. And Jacksonville has the cap room to exhaust that cash on a starting left tackle.