Branden Albert trade rumors continue to point toward Dolphins-Jaguars deal

NFL Trade: Jaguars Close to Sending TE Thomas to Dolphins for OT Albert

Then just hours after news broke that Albert would be traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a late-round pick, rather than for Thomas, comes a report that indicates Thomas will, in fact, be traded to Miami.

The deal, which can not be finalized until March 9, was originally reported as a one-for-one swap for oft-injured left tackle Branden Albert, who was pegged for release by the Dolphins late last week until the Jaguars expressed interest.

Regardless, the veteran cornerback will stay put in NY with the deal between the Jaguars and Dolphins being finalized.

Albert will either be with the Jaguars or be going to the free agent market once free agency and the National Football League trade period begin on March. 9.

Cutting Albert would have saved the Dolphins $7.2 million against the salary cap.

There are still details that need to be worked out, including the possibility of more players.

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The Dolphins would be working to replace outgoing tight end Jordan Cameron, but Thomas' downward trend is reason to be skeptical about how much he can help as Miami tries to build on their playoff run. For the Jaguars, it gives them a tackle who, when healthy, is probably better than anyone they had on the roster.

According to the report, the players would both have to restructure their contracts and pass physicals before the deal can be finalized.

All the sudden, the release of Albert was put on hold as trade rumors began to swirl furiously. Albert signed a five-year contract in 2014 after starting for the Chiefs for the first six years of his pro career. "It's the business of the game".

In college at Virginia, he played guard as future first round picks D'Brickashaw Ferguson and future Jaguar Eugene Monroe played left tackle.

That was clearly evident this past season as the season went on the worse Albert got.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase served as his offensive coordinator in Denver.

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