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Pay or Move On? Miami Dolphins LT Branden Albert

Should the Miami Dolphins move on from veteran LT Branden Albert?

Like Kenny Stills, another interesting off-season decision for the Miami Dolphins in the upcoming months is what to do about veteran LT Branden Albert.

Albert is 32 years old, and is coming off a season where he missed four games, proving that his durability should be taken into account entering 2017. Albert was not a liability (though he did not grade well by Pro Football Focus), but lacked the dominance he had earlier in his career. 

According to Spotrac, Albert is due a base salary of $8,875,000 and a workout bonus of $25,000 in 2017, making him one of the cheaper left tackles in the league. If he can last 16 games, something he has not done since arriving in Miami three seasons ago, he would be worth this price. The Dolphins face a tough decision, as Albert would create a cap hit of $10,600,000 and dead money of $3,400,000. 

What happens with Albert greatly depends on what moves the Miami Dolphins make in free agency. If they can sign a solid veteran guard such as Kevin Zeitler, they can shift sophomore Laremy Tunsil back to his natural LT position, upgrading both positions at once. If the Dolphins can't land a solid guard, we may see them pay Albert and hope he can stay healthy, bringing back a solid piece of last year's offensive line, giving continuity to Ryan Tannehill.

Albert has been a fundamental piece of this Dolphins offense during his tenure with the team, but the Dolphins' front brass will have to decide if he is worth the money, especially considering his injury history. 


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