Branden Albert, Ryan Clady create a suddenly robust offensive tackle market
Feb 17 2017
Former Chief Branden Albert was released by the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. Tunsil, a left tackle in college at Ole Miss, played left guard in his rookie season. He lost his starting job at defensive end in October and appeared in 13 games (five starts) for Miami in 2016.
Although the team had made a decision to release the 32-year-old veteran, spoke to him Thursday morning to break the news, and Albert told his agents he was out, the plans changed sometime Thursday afternoon. In fact, Albert helped groom Tunsil for the role last season despite declaring after the draft that he (Albert) was the left tackle of the Dolphins.
To put it more simply, the Dolphins can't rely on Albert remaining healthy for an entire season.
Earl Mitchell started 24 games at defensive tackle for Miami's disappointing defensive line, which was a major factor in Miami's opponents averaging 140 rushing yards per game against the Dolphins (ranked 30th). Cutting him saves $7.2 million on the cap, Salguero reported.
Williams was scheduled to make $8.485 million (none guaranteed) in 2017 and was to count $10.5 million against the Dolphins' cap. He spent last season on injured reserve after injuring his knee.
Williams' release is not a surprise.
Williams, 32, saw little action after signing a $17 million, two-year deal in 2016.
It's been widely believed that the Dolphins were grooming Tunsil to be their long term answer at left tackle. Given John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan talking about football passion, I just don't see them considering Williams.