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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Miami Dolphins released Mario Williams and will trade Braden Albert with hopes of cutting down on their salary cap. Williams is an understandable move because cutting him saves the Dolphins $8 million dollars. However you have to wonder if moving on from Braden Albert is going to be a good move for this team? Last year the Dolphins played Albert next to Tunsil and that really was a nice little tandem on that offensive line. Even though the Dolphins are going to save $7 million dollars moving on from Albert, it’s not a good move because it’s drops the talent level on that offensive front. Yes Albert had a down year last year missing 4 games and struggling at times. However you have to think Albert would be motivated to bounce back from that bad year especially since the Dolphins situation has improved so much under Adam Gase. Now though it’s clear Miami plans on moving on from Albert and we will see the impact this move has on the team. Losing Williams won’t hurt the Dolphins that much because he is older and in a limited role. Albert on the other hand is a starter and a was a Pro Bowler in 2015. It might have been better for the Dolphins to just ride out Branden Alberts’ contract but apparently the front office felt like they could move over Laremy Tunsil to tackle and plug in other players upfront. One thing is for certain Gase is a quality coach so if anyone can minimize the loss of Albert it’s him. Still though the Dolphins can’t let too many talented players walk out the door or they will let their talent level drop too low. When that happens you can’t compete as well as the upper echelon teams and the Dolphins need to try to stick to the formula that got them to the playoffs this past season. As always though you have to expect their is a plan in place. Maybe the Dolphins will draft an offensive lineman in this upcoming draft. That could be the real thinking behind the Albert release. Still though it’s hard to believe a rookie lineman will have the impact Braden Albert has.
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