Former Chief Branden Albert released by Dolphins

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

By releasing Albert, 32, the Dolphins will save $7.2 million in cap space.

Left tackle Branden Albert is among four players set to be released by the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, according to the NFL's official website. As Garafolo reported, Laremy Tunsil, the 13th overall pick in last year's draft, will enter 2017 as the starter in Albert's absence.

Also departing were four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

Those transactions should bring the Dolphins to roughly $50 million in cap space based on the projected salary cap increase, which estimates that the 2017 salary cap will be $168 million.

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

With Ereck Flowers expected to make a position change, Albert is certainly worth a look if the New York Giants are unable to land Andrew Whitworth on the open market.

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Albert was a team left starting tackle. He spent last season on injured reserve after injuring his knee.

Williams, 32, signed with the Dolphins last offseason after he was released by the Buffalo Bills.

Drafted No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans in the 2006 draft, Williams has 97.5 career sacks, putting him eighth on active leaders list.

Albert started 12 games in 2016.

His departure means Laremy Tunsil, the 13th overall selection in the 2016 National Football League draft, will shift to left tackle after playing primarily at left guard during his rookie season.

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