Branden Albert, Ryan Clady create a suddenly robust offensive tackle market

Sep 21 2014 Miami Gardens FL USA Miami Dolphins offensive line at the line of scrimmage including guard Daryn Colledge and tackle Branden Albert and offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James in the first quarter of the game at Sun Life Sta

Albert's release signals the start of Laremy Tunsil's tenure at left tackle for the Dolphins, who the team has pegged a future hall-of-famer since they drafted him in the first round of 2016's draft.

Albert was selected No. 15 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chiefs, however, injuries have been problematic for him with the Dolphins.

Defensive end Mario Williams, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu are the other players the Dolphins are set to part ways with.

The Dolphins plan to release left tackle Branden Albert today amid a massive effort to clear salary cap space, according to a league source.

That being said, don't be shocked if the veteran is considering retirement after battling injuries for several years.

Williams, 32, contributed 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the 13 games he played last season. He started all 35 games he played for the Dolphins, including 12 last season.

The move is part of a larger purge by the Fins, who are also parting ways with offensive tackle Branden Albert, another former standout who was moved because of salary cap reasons.

The former top pick would've cost the Dolphins $10.5 million this season, and the team will take on a $2 million cap hold penalty for letting him go.

The Dolphins surprised everyone last season by surging after a awful start and making the playoffs.

Williams' release is not a surprise. He was a first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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