Heading into the 2014 off-season there was no bigger hole left to be filled than that of the left tackle position. Since Jake Long left a big void in the offensive line it was critical the Dolphins found a veteran proven tackle who can help protect Ryan Tannehill.
The #Dolphins deal with LT Branden Albert is not 100% done. But “almost” done (unofficially, of course). He’ll be a Dolphin.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) March 10, 2014
Albert also kind of blew the secret of signing with Miami via his twitter account.
Branden Albert’s last 3 Twitter follows kind of take the surprise away pic.twitter.com/mz0Zh2zriD
— Marc Kohn (@KohneysKorner) March 11, 2014
The Dolphins wasted no time in finding their guy Brandon Albert a player the team coveted last season when rumored the team was interested in trading for him.
Albert ranked 28th of 78 tackles by PFF and finished last season with a +10 grade and +11.5 if you include the Chiefs playoff game. Albert’s pass protection grade from last season was a studly +14.7. Albert has graded with a +10 and over grade in each of the past 3 seasons and was named to the 2013 Pro Bowl. Albert only gave up four sacks in 555 pass blocking snaps in the Reid’s offense.
The major concern with Albert is his health, Albert has officially earned himself the undesired title of being injury prone by failing to play a full season for consecutive years due to injuries.
The big debate this offseason was whether to sign Albert or Eugene Monroe who most considered the superior player. While some will still debate that Monroe is better there is no denying when healthy Albert is a damn solid football player.
The Dolphins addressed one major weakness by signing Albert but there is still work to do on the offensive line before we can declare Ryan Tannehill safety intact.