Branden Albert Closing In with the Dolphins?:
The Miami Dolphins started the offseason with a bang, scooping up better known and big time players left and right. They may be in position to acquire yet another well known player, this time via a trade. After weeks of speculation that the Dolphins had an interest in disgruntled Kansas City Chiefs tackle, Branden Albert, and again that they were not willing to meet Branden Alberts demands. However in a report recently released by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins and Albert have come to an agreement. His report claims it to be similar to that of Houston Texans tackle, Duane Brown, in that it would be around 53.4 million over the course of six years.
All that seems left to do is the compensation the teams swap. Several reports are claiming that the Chiefs want a second round pick which the Dolphins have two of. One at number 42 and one 12 picks later at 54.
Many speculated that the Dolphins would be in the market for a tackle following the departure of Jake Long, yet that was, for a time put to rest with news that they were interested in Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, yet with reports that he won’t get past the Cardinals (as a Cardinal fan I’m opposed to) they went elsewhere.
Branden Albert is still young, 28, and is in his sixth season in the NFL. However he’s had injuries to go along with his six year career. Having only played one full season, that being 2011, and having only started 11 of 13 games last season, injuries may be a concern. However if his injuries keep him out for only a game or two like he has most seasons, then the Dolphins have a capable backup Nate Garner, appearing in 48 games in his career, starting 13 of them.
Dolphins Big Signings Early On:
The Dolphins went big earlier on this year signing breakout receiver Brian Hartline to a five- year deal, after compiling 1083 yards in 2012. Which I am ashamed to say most of those yards, and his lone touchdown came against the Arizona Cardinals. He’ll be there number two receiver after they acquired heavily courted Mike Wallace from the Steelers. The Dolphins also attained Dannell Ellerbe the hopeful replacement of newly retired Ray Lewis in Baltimore, only to depart and sign with Miami, and replace freshly departed, aging star Karlos Dansby. They also replaced Anthony Fasano with Dustin Keller from the New York Jets. Did the Dolphins win Free Agency? Certainly yes. But will it matter? History says no.