Three more names can be added to the list of possibilities at left tackle for the Minnesota Vikings.
Early Thursday morning, a report from NFL Network stated that the Miami Dolphins were set to release left tackle Brandon Albert, but Thursday afternoon Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post reported that the Dolphins have not yet cut ties as they seek trade options.
OK, here's the deal: Branden Albert isn't being released, at least not yet. Appears a team might want to trade, so Dolphins holding off.
— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) February 16, 2017
It would not be a surprise if the Vikings called the Dolphins about Albert considering there are very few good options on the free agent market and top tackle Andrew Whitworth might be franchise tagged by the Cincinnati Bengals.
This season was by far the worst year of Albert’s career as his PFF score dropped from a 77.0 in 2015 to 42.2 in 2016. He played 12 games, but some of them may have been while battling a rise injury. That could explain some of his drop off. Albert had two years left on his contract and was due to make $8.8 million in 2017 had he stayed with the Dolphins.
The New York Jets declined to pick up a $1 million option bonus for left tackle Ryan Clady, according to the New York Daily News, which makes him an unrestricted free agent. Clady, who played nine games for the Jets last season and spent from 2008-2014 with the Denver Broncos.
Injuries have affected the former Pro Bowler’s play over the past three years as he has missed 21 games in that time span. A torn rotator cuff shortened his 2016 season and likely affected his play when he was in the lineup. By Pro Football Focus metrics, Clady ranked 62nd of 78 qualifying tackles.
Here are his career PFF grades:
The Jacksonville Jaguars also declined an option on tackle Kelvin Beachum, who just signed a five-year deal last season and was set to make $7.5 million this year.
At 27, it appeared Beachum was coming into his prime as a quality tackle, but he struggled last season as is evident in his Pro Football Focus ratings.
With an incredibly limited market for Unrestricted Free Agent tackles, it is possible the Vikings could have some interest in either Clady or Beachum.
See the rest of the Left Tackle free agents here:
See trade possibilities for the Vikings here:
Read what the top tackles might cost here: