Branden Albert to Dolphins?
March, 9, 2014
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN Insider
As one of the top tackles on the free-agent market, Branden Albert has been connected to several teams of interest, including the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It sounds like the Fins may be the front-runner, though.
"Per a league source, all signs currently point to Albert signing with the Dolphins not long after the market officially opens on Tuesday," ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio reported Sunday afternoon.
By signing Albert, the Fins would hope that they finally have a replacement for Jake Long at left tackle. ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando thinks it would be a good fit:
Mike SandoMore free-agent fits: Jake Long to the Miami Dolphins
"The Dolphins haven’t been afraid to spend. They’re in a desperate situation along their line after parting with Jake Long last offseason and then enduring the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin fiasco. They have a GM working on a shorter-term contract and a head coach on the hot seat. Albert isn’t the only option here. The Dolphins could pursue Eugene Monroe, particularly if his price is considerably lower. They could have competition from other teams in the market for tackle help. The Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers come to mind. None of those teams has gone through what Miami has gone through along its line, however. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill took as many sacks last season (58) as Dan Marino absorbed during his first four seasons combined. He was to blame for quite a few of them, but the line didn’t do its part even with Incognito in the lineup. Tannehill needs better protection to succeed, and if he fails, there’s no hope for the Dolphins’ current leadership."