Originally posted on Sportsnaut  |  By Vincent Frank  |  Last updated 2/16/17

The Dolphins may be cutting loose offensive tackle Branden Albert in a surprising move. Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The free-agent market at left tackle continues to grow by the minute. One day after Ryan Clady and Kelvin Beachum saw their 2017 options declined, making them free agents, comes this interesting bit of information.

Branden Albert signed a five-year, $47 million contract with the Miami Dolphins back in 2014. In his three seasons with the team, the former Kansas City Chiefs first-round pick has started all 35 games in which he has appeared at left tackle. He’s also missed 13 games due to injury during that span while earning a Pro Bowl spot back in 2015.

By releasing Albert, Miami saves $7.2 million against the 2017 cap. The move also makes it clear that former first-round pick Laremy Tunsil will be moving over to the left side to protect Ryan Tannehill’s blindside.

Despite Albert’s recent injury issues and the fact that he is 32 years old, there promises to be a strong market for his services in free agency. Pro Bowl-caliber left tackles are not a dime a dozen in today’s NFL.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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