When healthy Branden Albert is about as good as it gets on the left outside of the offensive line. When not healthy Albert is a liability in both run blocking and pass protection. That is if he is on the field at all.
For the Dolphins, a legit left tackle is already on the roster and ready to slide outside. The Dolphins would save $7.2 million of Albert’s $10 million cap number if they release him and that is plenty enough to sign a top free agent guard to replace Tunsil on the inside.
It’s time for the Dolphins to address the line and let it build. When the line plays together Miami is very good but only six games in 2016 had all of it’s starters on the field and that includes the injuries to Albert, Tunsil, and Mike Pouncey.
The issue here however is that Albert is getting older (32) and already having back issues. The Dolphins can’t afford to rely on him for a full season anymore and if they can’t count on him then they need to let him go.
Save the money and move on.