Nov 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Miami Dolphins tackle Branden Albert (71) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Albert has been injured since the day he arrived. Despite his ACL/MCL tear and his hamstring issues this year, he still has a back issue that has yet to reveal it’s ugly head. It is an issue dating back to college. Albert is very good when he is on the field but the problem is keeping him on the field. The Dolphins need more reliability from the position and the offensive line as well.
Albert is slated to count just over $10 million next season. If the Dolphins release him he will carry just over $5 million in dead money and save the team about the same amount in cap relief. It’s not a lot given the position the Dolphins are in but again, reliability on the field is as important. How well Albert does in 2015 will be a big indicator on his future with the team in 2016.
While the Dolphins don’t save much in cap space the money they do save can go towards signing their draft picks. Which may very well include his replacement.
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