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Update: Dolphins may be looking to trade left tackle Branden Albert before releasing him

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.

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.

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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:

Clady

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.

Beachum

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:

Vikings countdown to free agency: Left tackles

See trade possibilities for the Vikings here:

5 left tackles who could be on the trade block

Read what the top tackles might cost here:

How much will top tackles cost in free agency?

  • sandbun

    Does anyone know, since these were teams not picking up options, if signing them affects comp pick selections? The Vikes actually have a handful of FAs (Cap, Patterson, Kalil) that could get 5+ mil/year contracts from someone else, so they might actually get some compensation picks in 2018. My understanding is that signing FAs whose deals have expired counts against any comp pick the Vikes might get, but signing players who were cut does not. (If I’m wrong on that, someone please correct me) But I don’t know how players with options in their deals figure in.

  • GordonGekko

    When 2 teams decline options on OL there is a good reason, THEY SUCK. A GM who signs players like these is one that doesn’t draft well and has to overpay, then gets fired. Both JAC and the NYJ both suck.

  • Andre Esters

    Beachum is wwaaaaayyy more appealing than someone like Clady. I know there are plenty of dynamics in play such as financials and desire from the individual player, but it would be wise of Minnesota to avoid anyone sliding either by age or injuries.





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