Albert Released By Dolphins; Tunsil To Move To Tackle

Posted February 18, 2017

Whatever way Albert finds his way out of Miami, the Dolphins will be moving Tunsil from the left guard position (where he played as a rookie due only to Albert's presence) to the left tackle position. He had two years left on his contract and was supposed to make $8.8 million next year. He became expendable when the Dolphins drafted former Lake City Columbia star Laremy Tunsil with the 13th pick past year. He started all 35 games he played for the Dolphins, including 12 last season.

While Tunsil wasn't ideal in his rookie season, the player that was once considered to be a top five lock in the draft and the best left tackle in a very good class of players now will have a chance to be the Dolphins' franchise left tackle moving forward. Some have worked out tremendously for at least one season (Corey Dillon, Randy Moss), while others (Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco) delivered little to no value.

The moves, which were first reported by the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, are aimed at increasing salary cap space heading into the 2017 season.

Miami saves a further $4m (£3.2m) by releasing 29-year-old defensive tackle Mitchell, who was entering the final year of a four-year contract.

Mario Williams' stay in South Florida didn't last long. Albert is going to lose his job to Laremy Tunsil, and it seems like Williams has become less and less useful as time goes on. The Dolphins carried him on injured reserve all season, but the team has four proven starters - Byron Maxwell, Xavien Howard, Tony Lippett and Bobby McCain - presently on the roster.

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Williams, 32, will likely only receive one-year offers after a disappointing campaign. He had a career-low 1.5 sacks and also suffered concussion and ankle injuries.

Williams had just 1.5 sacks last season. Williams basically agreed that he needed to play better and harder, but also made some comments that may actually give the Patriots pause in gambling on him in free agency.

These are only the first of a series of moves the Dolphins will undertake this spring.

Williams recorded 97.5 sacks during his 11-year National Football League career.