Branden Albert is first player the Miami Dolphins should cut this offseason

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Branden Albert is first player the Miami Dolphins should cut this offseason

Post by rightchea on Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:47 pm

Robert Molner wrote:Having it’s best season in a number of years this past season, the Miami Dolphins offensive line finally seemed on par with the rest of the league. Spending the last few years looking like a high school unit in their protection, the Dolphins finally found some consistency this season, leading to less sacks of Ryan Tannehill and a greater rushing effort from the offense.

That said, all was not great in Dolphins-land. Mike Pouncey missed massive patches of the season with a recurring hip issue, something that led to musical chairs at the center position. The guard play was good, but Laremy Tunsil is the left tackle of the future and Jermon Bushrod is not getting any younger.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/branden-albert-first-player-miami-130059906.html

I have to agree with getting rid of Albert. He is not reliable enough to stay healthy all season. Miami definitely need to get a replacement.

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Post by JMP on Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:28 am

The main reason to get rid of Albert is Tunsil. I've said this before: Tunsil is a left tackle, and that's where he needs to play. He's mediocre at guard, but he can be a very good - maybe great - tackle. It doesn't make sense to play him out of position for a second straight season. Albert is unreliable, but he's also not the future of this team. Time to move on and put together a better offensive line - with your best player at his natural position.

Now, if you want to keep Albert and move him to right tackle, putting James on the bench, I'm fine with that. I'm for anything that gets Tunsil at LT.

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Re: Branden Albert is first player the Miami Dolphins should cut this offseason

Post by Birdmond on Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:18 am

Albert has been a solid leader on this team. It's sounds easy for us but the team needs to be careful on how this is handled. I'm okay cutting Albert if that money is spent on the two best FA guards. But cutting him just to save money I'm not a fan of. We're not hurting for cash.

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Post by JMP on Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:52 am

Birdmond wrote:Albert has been a solid leader on this team.  It's sounds easy for us but the team needs to be careful on how this is handled.  I'm okay cutting Albert if that money is spent on the two best FA guards.   But cutting him just to save money I'm not a fan of.  We're not hurting for cash.  

Yep, I agree with that. If you cut him, spend that money wisely. Adding at least one veteran starting guard would be smart.

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Post by HalCHorn on Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:08 am

Albert can also play OG himself, though his salary is higher than you'd like for the position. But flipping him and Tunsil might not be a bad idea either.

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Post by JMP on Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:54 am

HalCHorn wrote:Albert can also play OG himself, though his salary is higher than you'd like for the position.  But flipping him and Tunsil might not be a bad idea either.

Yep, I forgot about that. He did play some guard in college. Like I said, anything that gets Tunsil to left tackle is OK with me. That should be the plan.

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Re: Branden Albert is first player the Miami Dolphins should cut this offseason

Post by rightchea on Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:35 am

The main issue isn't how to keep him but the issue is will he stay Healthy enough to play the whole season.

Birdmond wrote:Albert has been a solid leader on this team.

That probably my biggest issue is who would replace his leadership skills on the OL. Pouncey is not there and Tunsil doesn't seem like he command the respect for it.

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Post by JMP on Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:50 am

rightchea wrote:
Birdmond wrote:Albert has been a solid leader on this team.

That probably my biggest issue is who would replace his leadership skills on the OL. Pouncey is not there and Tunsil doesn't seem like he command the respect for it.

Tunsil has to step up and be that guy. Top 15 pick, (hopefully) starting left tackle - he needs to grow into a leadership role.

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Re: Branden Albert is first player the Miami Dolphins should cut this offseason

Post by Degarmo on Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:37 pm

Albert is an excellent LT.

He cannot stay healthy.

I'd get rid of him for that reason alone.
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Post by white1 on Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:23 am

It is really tempting - $8.9 million could get you an elite guard and all you have to do is slide Tunsil over to LT. Interesting decision for the team.

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Post by rightchea on Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:39 pm

Agreed but can Tannebaum make an elite decision

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Re: Branden Albert is first player the Miami Dolphins should cut this offseason

Post by Degarmo on Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:32 pm

You also have the issues:

Will Pouncey be healthy?

Can James be more than meh?

Can we find two legitimate guards?
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Post by rightchea on Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:51 pm

One step at a time Degarmo.....one step at a time

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