Branden Albert Visiting Jaguars, Dolphins Talking Trade For Julius Thomas

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that current Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert is visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars today to help speed up a trade that would send the veteran tackle to Jacksonville.

The Dolphins are currently engaged in talks with the Jags about compensation for Albert which is very likely to be tight end Julius Thomas, who is familiar with Dolphins head coach Adam Gase from their days together in Denver.

Thomas may take a small pay cut to make a trade to Miami more feasible and Albert may be getting a raise to entice him to restructure his current deal so that he can ship off to Jacksonville.

First, kudos to Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero who was way ahead of the pack on this potential trade.

Albert is set to count $10.6 million on the salary cap. Moving on would save Miami $7.2 million on the cap.

Thomas’ contract currently runs through 2019, and $3 million of his $7 million owed this year is already guaranteed.

Albert spoke to the Sun Sentinel’s Omar Kelly about the potential trade to Jacksonville.

“Why ruffle feathers when you don’t have to?” Albert said.

“It’s the business of the game. I honestly believe where I’m going to go is the right fit. It is going to be a surprise when [the terms] comes out.

“Where I’m going they put a lot of faith in me, and they know they are getting loyalty back,” said Albert.

“My faith, me being a man of Christ, I know God is going to point me where he wants me to be.”


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