According to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com, the Miami Dolphins have released offensive tackle Branden Albert.
The Miami Dolphins made some notable news on Thursday, releasing three veterans to clear $19.7 million in cap space. Tunsil, a left tackle in college at Ole Miss, played left guard in his rookie season.
Albert joined the Dolphins in 2014 after six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, who drafted him in the first round (15th overall) in 2008.
None of the recent releases were complicated decisions for the Dolphins because of age, injury history, or lack of productivity. All three of those players' saved cap adds up to almost $20 million according to Spotrac.
Albert was due to make $8.88 million this year.
The deeper question is whether the Dolphins meant to pursue this approach all along, setting the process in motion to cut Albert but waiting for teams to call and inquire about the possibility of trading for his current contract in lieu of signing him on the open market, in competition with other teams.
Last season with Miami, Albert played in 12 games, posting a Pro Football Focus grade of 42.2 - the worst of his career.
It's been widely believed that the Dolphins were grooming Tunsil to be their long term answer at left tackle.
Once the top pick in the NFL Draft, Williams put up all of 1.5 sacks in 2016. The Dolphins carried him on injured reserve all season, but the team has four proven starters - Byron Maxwell, Xavien Howard, Tony Lippett and Bobby McCain - presently on the roster.