DAVIE (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins have holes all along the offensive line, but it appears that the most important position on the line may be filled when free agency kicks off at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, free agent left tackle Branden Albert plans to sign with the Miami Dolphins when free agency opens. Albert, according to the Herald, is also the Dolphins’ top target in free agency.
But, it’s going to cost the Dolphins a lot of money to get Albert signed. According to CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora, Albert’s deal will end up paying him $10 million per season.
The Dolphins were all set to acquire Albert last season, but the compensation for a trade could never be agreed upon between Miami and the Kansas City Chiefs, Albert’s former team.
Albert is one of the best pass blocking left tackles in the AFC and his run blocking is superior to that of fellow free agent Eugene Monroe. Albert stands 6’6” and weighs 310 pounds and also spent time at the University of Virginia playing guard.
Albert battled inconsistency when he first got to the NFL, but after his first season locked down the left tackle position for the Chiefs for the last three years. According to ProFootballFocus’ rankings, Albert was the 11th best left tackle in the NFL last season in pass blocking.