Jerome Miron

Rams should pursue Dolphins' left tackle Branden Albert

Los Angeles has a pressing need to improve their offensive line, and Albert fits that bill.

The NFL offseason is underway, and several teams across the league have begun making moves that will affect their roster for next season. 

In light of that, the Miami Dolphins have decided to take steps toward parting ways with offensive tackle Branden Albert as is reporting that their front office is exploring the trade market before releasing him.  

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Thursday that the Dolphins are finished with veteran Branden Albert and will look to trade the tackle before releasing him, per a source informed of the situation

Alberts has two years left on his five-year, $45 million deal that doesn't hold any guaranteed money. He is scheduled to make $8.9 million next season that will count $10.6 million against the salary cap. If Miami does decide to cut Albert it will save $7.2 million on the team's payroll. 

The 32-year-old's sudden availability has peaked the interest of several different teams that are in need of help along the offensive line. This list of potential suitors could include the Los Angeles Rams, who possess one of the league's bottom tier offensive line units in the league. According to Pro Football Focus, the Rams graded as the 27th overall group last season. 

A major part of these issues came at left tackle with former 2015 second round pick Greg Robinson , who leads the NFL with 31 total penalties over the last two years. According to Pro Football Focus, Robinson also graded 73rd out of 80 qualified at the position in 2016. 

That said, Albert is coming off a down year that saw him rank as the 65th best player at his position. During his three seasons in Miami, he never played 16 games in the regular season, including being sidelined for four contests in the 2016 campaign. 

Although Albert experienced a step back in performance, he still possesses plenty of upside. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection that earned the reputation as being one of the top offensive linemen in the league for much of his career. His addition to the Rams would be an upgrade at left tackle while providing much-needed experience and leadership to their offensive line that features no starter older than 28 years old. 

If the Dolphins are unable to move Albert through the trade market, the Rams could swoop in as one of the teams vying to acquire his services in free agency. Los Angeles currently has just over $40 million at their disposal this offseason. 

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