Tag: Branden Albert

Dolphins smart moves in Free Agency will pay off in 2014

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins were busy in free agency as they looked to upgrade many positions, while having tough decisions on a lot of their own top performers.

I grade the biggest decisions the front office made in free agency taking into account their price, their 2013 Pro Football Focus rating, their fit on the 2014 Dolphins and even their effect on the 2014 draft.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

At cornerback, the Miami Dolphins retained the number one ranked free agent prior to Darrelle Revis’ release (+16.4) in the 31 year old Brent Grimes and rolled the dice on the bottom to last rated (-19.7) Cortland Finnegan, 30.

Grade: A – The team allowed three above average corners in (+5.0) Dimitri Patterson, (+2.2) Chris Owens and (+0.4) Nolan Carroll to walk, trusting that Cortland Finnegan’s will find his Pro Bowl form and that the young corners on the roster are ready to step up.  I am a believer.  I see a lot of talent and confidence in this group.

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Ja’Wuan James could be special for Dolphins

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

I must admit that selecting a right tackle at number 19 was one of my least favorite ideas, but the Miami Dolphins reached for one that has Pro Bowl potential at two spots.

That is the value I see in the James pick.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

As a rookie he projects as a starter and I expect him to be better than both Tyson Clabo and Jon Martin were in the past two seasons.

However, what excites me about the pick is that he has all of the ability to become great at the position and possibly become just as good on the left side by the time Branden Albert retires.

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Updated Dolphins Mock Draft – Will they go OL in the 1st round?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins should be able to fill a lot of needs in the 2014 draft.  Here is my projection.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

With the 19th pick in the 1st round, the Miami Dolphins select:

C.J. Mosley, Alabama, Middle Linebacker

I believe the Miami Dolphins will have an elite defense in 2014, but it cannot happen without All Pro production from the middle linebacker.  Miami’s offensive line has gotten all of the headlines, but the linebackers were the biggest disappointment in 2013, and this man could turn the unit around.

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Dolphins get an ‘A’ so far in Free Agency

 

By Cyrus Lassus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins are not done with free agency, but the first major wave has come and gone and the team’s core looks strong.

Branden Albert is finally a Miami Dolphin and the team has an elite left tackle again.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

He is excellent in pass protection but only considered average in the running game.  His detractors say that he is only an above average left tackle, but he is coming off of a Pro Bowl season.

Even if Branden Albert was overpaid with his five year, $47 million dollar deal, the team has secured one of the most important positions in football for the next 3-5 years.

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After busy Day 1, what’s next for Dolphins on Day 2?

 

As expected, the Miami Dolphins filled one of their major holes within the first few minutes of free agency. They signed LT Branden Albert to a 5 year deal worth approximately $47 million ($25 guaranteed).  Albert will immediately be penciled in as the Dolphins starting left tackle.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Albert’s signing comes just a day after the Dolphins added a new starting safety, Louis Delmas.  Two days, two new starters.  Oh yeah, and they traded Jonathan Martin for a conditional 7th round pick!  But the Dolphins aren’t done yet, not by a long shot.  The Dolphins have a number of holes to fill this offseason, not the least of which is to rebuild virtually their entire offensive line AND find 2 quality defensive tackles.

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The Dolphins plan is clear heading into free agency….

 

Free Agency begins at 4pm on Tuesday, but the Miami Dolphins got a head start when they signed S Louis Delmas to a 1 year, $3.5 mil contract.  The deal is a low-risk high reward for the Dolphins, who essentially signed Delmas to a ‘show-me’ contract.  Delmas was able to sign before the 4pm free agency period because he was cut by the Lions a few weeks ago.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Delmas was a Pro-Bowl alternate in ’10 and ’11, so he has talent. He had knee injuries in 2012, but played all 16 games in 2013.  Delmas is known for his hard hitting and will be a good compliment opposite Reshad Jones.  Delmas’ signing means that the Dolphins will not be signing Jairus Byrd and not resigning Chris Clemons.  Jones and Delmas will be the Dolphins starting safeties in 2014.

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Latest news on Jairus Byrd, Branden Albert and the Dolphins

 

The Miami Dolphins are not waiting until Free Agency official opens at 4pm Tuesday afternoon. The Dolphins are using the pre-free agency negotiating window to reach out to representatives of their top targets.  Thus far, it seems like the Dolphins are focusing on two starting positions in particular; Left Tackle and Safety.

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia.org

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia.org

The first reports that came out on Saturday linked the Dolphins heavily with Branden Albert, the soon-to-be free agent left tackle from the Chiefs.  It was believed that Eugene Monroe would be the Dolphins top choice at left tackle, but his camp is continuing to talk with the Ravens about returning. Not wanting to miss out on a top left tackle, the Dolphins moved quickly and seem pretty far down the road with Albert:

“Per a league source, all signs currently point to Albert signing with the Dolphins not long after the market officially opens on Tuesday.”

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