Aug 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Brandon Albert (76) on the sidelines against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 27-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Albert Close To Miami Deal And More Oline News


 

 

The Miami Dolphins are 24 hours away from opening up the 2014 season.  Off-season but it’s still their new season.  The 2013 failures can be put to rest as the fans and the team begin a new journey.  At the helm of that ship is new GM Dennis Hickey.  Hickey has been praised of late for the way he is handling his job.  It is good to see positive feedback from such an unknown.  On Tuesday, he makes his first clear mark on the team.

Just over a month ago Dolphins fans were riding through ridicule and one of the side notes to the drama was last years desire of Joe Philbin to trade for Branden Albert.  Jeff Ireland felt the price was too high.  One 2nd round pick and another possibly a 2nd pick in the same round.  A lot of rumors flew around about that trade on draft day.  Ireland chose to wait and while it makes sense now because they will get him for free, it ultimately helped in costing him his job.

Most reports today suggest that the Albert/Miami marriage is all but a certainty.  It’s being said that at the strike of 4:00 tomorrow the Dolphins will consummate the move and will have a new LT.  It’s a good move but the Dolphins may have taken at least a small look at Jared Veldheer of Oakland first.  It doesn’t really matter as Philbin will get his guy and make no mistake this IS a Joe Philbin move.

Following Alberts signing with Miami or somewhere else, the Dolphins will take a look at a few other lineman including Rodger Saffold of St. Louis and now it appears that they will go hard at NY Jets RT Austin Howard.  The Jets are trying to lock him up as the clock ticks towards free agency but the Dolphins will be players in many of the offensive line free agents.  Stealing a division foe’s player isn’t bad either.

The Jets are not the only team in the AFC East Miami is looking to poach from.  It’s being reported that the Dolphins are kicking the tires on Buffalo safety Jarius Byrd.  Byrd however wants 9 million per season.  I would caution however that while Miami can afford Byrd it still may not be a cost effective buy for a team who has quite a bit of money locked in to Reshad Jones.  But what a combination that would make.  Byrd who was franchised last season will not simply  test the free agent waters but swim the backstroke through them.

Free agency will be kicking off tomorrow at 4 Eastern.

Tags: Branden Albert Dennis Hickey Miami Dolphins

  • Chris

    I feel Clemons is overrated. He often takes horrible angles at the ball carrier. It’ll be interesting to see who lands on the team though. If they think they can sign Bird and still have the money to fix the O-Line I’m all for it.

  • Johnny

    BIG MISTAKE!!!!! Mark my words… Albert missed 9 games in the last 2 years!!! (Jake Long??) He’s injury prone and will pull a Haynsworth..(get his big payday and get complacent)… Monroe is the only way to go, he’s just now hitting his prime… A 5 yr Franchise LT..
    Albert is a stop-gap at most!!! And an expensive one at that!!! I hope Monroe said no to Miami instead of Miami actually choosing Albert over Monroe..

  • DragonFly34

    Brian, you mentioned this is a Philbin move to sign Fat Albert? I think Albert is more in the shadow of Big Mac who loves So Beach. Ya gotta wonder just what kind of a player is a “Philbin player”? Is it the kind who scored one TD in the last two games of the yr? Philbin is, according to reports, the architect who put together last yrs OL.