Yesterday was a crazy day in the NFL. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott received a 6-game suspension. The Bills, Rams and Eagles executed what is probably as close as the current NFL will ever get to a true three-way trade. Specifically affecting Dolphins fans, it was officially announced the Ryan Tannehill and Raekwon McMillan will miss the entire season. Among all of that news, the following news may have slipped under most people’s radar. The Jacksonville Jaguars released ex-Dolphin and newly returned from retirement Branden Albert.
It makes sense for the Dolphins to bring Albert back in, despite the fact that they traded him away. He would be a great insurance policy for Laremy Tunsil. Albert could even play left guard since Ted Larsen is going to miss time. Bringing Albert back would be a smart move, however, the main obstacles are money and whether or not Albert is ready to play. In terms of money, the Dolphins have very little wiggle room after giving Jay Cutler a 10-million dollar contract. In order for the Dolphins to afford Albert, he would have to be willing to sign for a discount.
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The reports out of Jacksonville that Albert came to training camp out of shape are concerning, but if there’s anything we know about veteran football players, it’s that it doesn’t take long to get back into playing shape. Since Albert already knows the Miami system, if he could get back into playing shape in a few weeks he’d be ready to help out when the regular season starts.