According to Sun Sentinel’s Omar Kelly and other league sources, the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to finalize a trade exchanging Fins left tackle Branden Albert for Jags tight-end Julius Thomas. Kelly also elaborates on the deal, stating the two players may have to restructure their contracts, pass a physical, and the deal cannot be finalized until the start of the New League Year—March 9th.
All parties are willing participants and that includes the players. When Branden Albert was asked about his feelings on the trade, he replied “Why ruffle feathers when you don’t have to?”.
Albert did not go into the details of the trade, but said he believes Jacksonville is “the right fit”, and “it is going to be a surprise when the terms come out.” So what are the Dolphins getting in return with Julius Thomas? After his 2013 and 2014 seasons playing with the Broncos in which he racked up 108 receptions for 1, 277 yds and 24 TDs, the former Orange Julius has had little production in his last two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Due to hand injuries in 2015 and back injuries in 2016, Thomas missed a total of 11 games out of 32 for the Jags and only mustered 76 catches for 736 yds and 9 TDs. Adam Gase is obviously hoping to return his former tight end back into the “Orange Julius” 2.0 version for the Dolphins. During his years in Denver, Thomas was considered one of the up-and- coming tight ends in the game, due to his size (6’5, 247 lbs), speed, and basketball instincts to high-point the football. The current Jag was also a key reason in convincing TE Jordan Cameron to play for the Dolphins in 2016 telling him, “you have to play for this guy [Adam Gase]”.
If he can stay healthy and Gase’s efficient play-calling and scheming continues, Thomas can be the pass-catching seam and Red-zone threat they have been missing. If the trade details continue to be finalized and agreed upon, the Dolphins will have addressed another need. Leaving the rest of the major needs on the To-Do List considerably short.
BREAKING: Armando Salguero reports that the Miami Dolphins will trade Branden Albert for a late round draft pick.