Dolphins tap the brakes on cutting Branden Albert

Jan 1 2017 Miami Gardens FL USA Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert is introduced before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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Then Thursday morning, the Miami Dolphins cut ties with two-time Pro Bowler Branden Albert.

Albert had two years left on his contract, but neither season carried any guaranteed money. Williams' departure saves the Dolphins $8.5 million.

Though he's probably not a target for a Chiefs front office that let him walk, Albert is sure to catch on somewhere and become a factor in any offense that signs him.

Nov 13, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to pass while protected by center Mike Pouncey (51) and offensive guard Laremy Tunsil (67) during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Scheduled to count $4.5 million against the Dolphins' salary cap, his release saves the Dolphins $4 million on their cap, with $500,000 in dead money left over.

Simple: A team trading for Albert gets a starting caliber left tackle. They point to how well the Dolphins played last season when the entire line was healthy. He turned 32 last month and hasn't recorded double-digit sacks in a season since 2014. He started all 35 games he played for the Dolphins, including 12 last season.

Williams' release is not a surprise.

Drafted No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans in the 2006 draft, Williams has 97.5 career sacks, putting him eighth on active leaders list. He entered the National Football League in 2008 as a first-round selection by the Chiefs out of Virginia. Though he is now 32 years old, he may have enough left in the tank to be a serviceable starter for a few more seasons.

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