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Branden Albert | Tackle

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/4/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 310
College: Virginia
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Dolphins signed LT Branden Albert, formerly of the Chiefs, to a five-year, $46 million contract.
The deal includes a whopping $25 million guaranteed. It's a huge price to pay for a player who's always been short of elite, but the Dolphins had essentially no choice considering the beating Ryan Tannehill took in 2013. Albert has missed seven games with injury over the past two seasons, but will stabilize the Dolphins' blindside when he's on the field. He turns 30 in November. Mar 11 - 4:22 PM

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The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero is hearing free agent LT Branden Albert's deal with the Dolphins is "almost done."

Salguero says the contract isn't "100 percent done" -- it can't be until Tuesday at 4PM ET, anyway -- but Albert "will be a Dolphin." We're just awaiting contract details at this point. Albert is entering his age-30 season. Reports indicate he'll command north of $9 million annually as the market's top-paid tackle.
Mar 10 - 11:46 AM

The Miami Herald seconds a Profootballtalk report that free agent LT Branden Albert is expected to become a Dolphin on Tuesday.

Teams had all weekend plus Monday to negotiate with agents. The Dolphins and Albert appear to have reached a contract agreement, and he can formally sign on the dotted line Tuesday at 4PM ET. The Fins have been trying to land Albert since before last April's NFL draft, but couldn't agree to trade compensation with the Chiefs. He spent all of 2013 wearing Kansas City's franchise tag.
Mar 9 - 7:31 PM

Profootballtalk.com reports "all signs" are pointing toward free agent LT Branden Albert signing with the Dolphins when the market opens Tuesday.

A Saturday story in the Miami Herald indicated Albert had risen atop the Fins' left tackle wish list, bypassing Eugene Monroe and Jared Veldheer. If Albert does sign with Miami, the similarly blindside-needy Cardinals would have to turn their attention elsewhere. Albert is entering his age-30 season and with durability woes in each of the last two years. He's still expected to command north of $10 million per year. The Dolphins are sitting on nearly $34 million in cap space.
Mar 9 - 3:50 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Bucs, along with the Dolphins and Cardinals, are believed to have interest in free agent LT Branden Albert.

Miami and Arizona's interest has been well documented since last April's draft, but this is the first time we've seen Tampa Bay connected to Albert. Bucs LT Donald Penn graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 19 left tackle last season and has two years left on a six-year, $41.7 million deal. His name has been floated as a potential cap casualty, a move that would clear over $7.4 million. Albert isn't going to come cheap, however. He's our No. 3 free-agent left tackle.
Feb 24 - 10:41 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports the Cardinals will make a "big run" at free agent LT Branden Albert.

If they don't land Albert, Pauline reports the Cardinals will "look offensive tackle" in the first round of May's draft. Albert has several durability concerns and is entering his age-30 season, but Pauline isn't the first to indicate the Cards want a piece of him. Rumors of Arizona's interest have also appeared on the Cardinals' own team website, as well as FOX Sports 910 Phoenix.
Feb 24 - 12:40 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey insists the team has yet to make a decision about free agent LT Branden Albert, and that the sides remain in talks.

Dorsey adamantly refuted reports that the Chiefs have already decided to let Albert walk. It would be surprising if Dorsey didn't refute the reports, so his comments should be taken with a grain of salt. With Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson ready to go at tackle, it would be very surprising if the Chiefs made a real effort to retain Albert.
Feb 21 - 1:26 PM

610 Sports Radio in Kansas City reports the Chiefs plan to let LT Branden Albert walk in free agency and have no intentions of re-signing him.

Signs have pointed to this for a while. The Chiefs took Eric Fisher with the No. 1 pick last April and had designs of trading Albert, only for a deal to never come to fruition. Fisher should slide over to left tackle in 2014. Donald Stephenson, who started eight games in 2013, will get the first crack at the right tackle job. Albert is our No. 3 free-agent tackle. Per 610 Kansas City's Danny Parkins, Albert is expected to draw interest from the Cardinals and Dolphins once he hits the market on March 13. Arizona's interest is one of free agency's worst-kept secrets, while Miami tried trading for Albert last spring.
Feb 12 - 4:31 PM

The Palm Beach Post says not to be surprised if the Dolphins "go hard" after free agent LT Branden Albert.

After giving up a league-high 58 sacks this season, adding talent to the offensive line should be the Dolphins' top priority. Head coach Joe Philbin reportedly wanted to trade a second-round pick to acquire Albert last offseason, but since-fired GM Jeff Ireland wanted to give Jonathan Martin time to develop at the position. That decision backfired in explosively humiliating fashion for all parties involved. Albert, PFF's No. 28 tackle this season, is going to be asking for around $8-$9 million per season -- the going rate for quality blind-side protectors.
Feb 3 - 10:32 AM

FOX Sports 910 Phoenix hints LT Branden Albert will be the Cardinals' top target in free agency.

This isn't the first time we've seen the Albert-Arizona connection; the Cardinals' official website suggested earlier in the month that the team could make a run at Albert. Kansas City and Arizona reportedly discussed a trade involving Albert at last year's draft. The Cardinals are up against the salary cap, but teams can work around that. Look for Albert to target a deal similar to what the Rams gave Jake Long last offseason -- four years and $34 million with $16 million guaranteed.
Jan 28 - 12:18 PM

The Cardinals' website suggests the team could make a run at free agent LT Branden Albert.

They can't afford to keep starting Bradley Sowell. Albert, Eugene Monroe, Jordan Gross, Jared Veldheer, and Anthony Collins are the top left tackles eligible for free agency. 29-year-old Albert is going to command a hefty contract, likely in the range of St. Louis' four-year, $34 million commitment to Jake Long.
Jan 6 - 5:35 PM

ESPN does not expect the Chiefs to re-sign unrestricted free agent LT Branden Albert.

Albert played under a one-year, $9.828 million franchise tender this year and graded out 18th among left tackles in Pro Football Focus' grades. The Chiefs will likely roll with 2013 No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher on Alex Smith's blind side and Donald Stephenson at right tackle going forward. Despite Albert's mediocre play this season, he's going to get paid in a big way.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 6 - 8:21 AM

Chiefs LT Branden Albert (knee) has been practicing in full for the past two weeks.

Albert hasn't played since hyperextending his knee back in Week 13, but that's just precautionary. He'll be near 100 percent and ready to man Alex Smith's blind side in Saturday's Wild Card game at Indy. Albert, who was a top-12 pass blocker in Pro Football Focus' grades this season, will have his hands full with DPOY candidate Robert Mathis.
Jan 2 - 9:16 AM

Chiefs LT Branden Albert (knee) is not expected to play Sunday against the Colts.

Albert was limited in practice all week but hasn't played since hyperextending his knee in Week 13. Donald Stephenson has been holding down the left tackle spot in Albert's absence. Albert is Pro Football Focus' No. 6 pass blocker in its tackle rankings. Stephenson will see plenty of Robert Mathis.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 11:12:00 AM

Chiefs LT Branden Albert (knee) has been ruled out for Week 15.

Albert still hasn't been cleared to practice after leaving Week 13 with a knee injury. He'll be replaced by Donald Stephenson on Alex Smith's blind side, with Eric Fisher staying at right tackle.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 06:01:00 PM

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