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Branden Albert may be an option at guard for Broncos

17 February 2017

The duos performance began to dwindle in South Florida during the 2016 season. He was a healthy scratch in the Dolphins' Week 17 contest. Williams' departure saves the Dolphins $8.5 million.

The former top pick would've cost the Dolphins $10.5 million this season, and the team will take on a $2 million cap hold penalty for letting him go.

It's wonderful how quickly Williams' career has gone by after being taken with the number one overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

The ascension of rookie Laremy Tusnil made the move easier for the Dolphins. Mitchell, 29, contributed 40 tackles and no sacks in the 21 games he played the last two seasons.

It's been widely believed that the Dolphins were grooming Tunsil to be their long term answer at left tackle.

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Defensive end Mario Williams, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu are the other players the Dolphins are set to part ways with.

Still, the Dolphins, which are coming off the franchise's first winning season and playoff appearance since 2008, have enough cap space to aggressively address the team's needs - defensive line, linebacker, offensive guard, tight end - in free agency, and that seems to be owner Steve Ross' plan.

Albert should have plenty of available options on the open market, but Williams' career is on the downtick.

Last season with Miami, Albert played in 12 games, posting a Pro Football Focus grade of 42.2 - the worst of his career.

Branden Albert may be an option at guard for Broncos