Jaguars reportedly interested in Pro Bowl OT Branden Albert


Defensive end Mario Williams was the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft when the Houston Texans famously took him over USC running back Reggie Bush. He left for Miami in March of 2014 on a five-year, $47 million contract with the Dolphins.

According Armando Salguero of the Herald, it's because there is a "sudden and significant interest from at least one and perhaps other teams in acquiring Albert" through a trade.

The Dolphins get a head-start on free agency by trading for a big-name corner.

It's been widely believed that the Dolphins were grooming Tunsil to be their long term answer at left tackle. That way, they could start free agency by aggressively pursuing a guard.

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Last season with Miami, Albert played in 12 games, posting a Pro Football Focus grade of 42.2 - the worst of his career. Buffalo Bills. He lost his starting job at defensive end in October and appeared in 13 games (five starts) for Miami in 2016.

If House is a part of the deal, the Jaguars would have only No. 1 cornerback Jalen Ramsey and No. 3 Aaron Colvin under contract.

Branden Albert will become a free agent again under very different circumstances.

The team had not officially made the announcement as of 11:30 a.m. His role severely diminished last season when he was banished to the bench and played just 272 snaps, made 14 tackles and wasn't credited with a pass break-up or interception. At most Albert was in Miami for two more seasons if he stayed healthy. The news of a possible trade for Albert would all but assuredly mean there will be a new player protecting Blake Bortles' blindside in 2017. But in a winning environment with the stability and structure that the Patriots have, Williams could have a chance at a renaissance season on a one-year "prove it" deal in a Patriots uniform. While Blake Bortles was dropped 51 times in 2015, he was only sacked 34 times. Albert is due to make $8.875 million in 2017, and he is signed through 2018.