Branden Albert has his big payday. James Walker of ESPN.com, is reporting that Albert has signed a 5-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The deal reportedly will pay Albert $46 million, with $25 million guaranteed.
The fact the Dolphins guaranteed so much money to gain Albert’s services seemed a bit extreme. Maybe not now, but down the road, if injuries start to take there toll on Albert, $5 million a year guaranteed down the road seems like a lot of money.
Branden Albert, the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, turns 30 in November. He has missed 7 games over the past two season with injuries.
The Dolphins have been interested in Albert for almost a year now. The deal fell through last year because the Dolphins may have had misgivings about his health before the 2013 NFL Draft.
Miami is evidently not having any misgivings this time around, not for $9 million a year for 5 years, and $25 million guaranteed.
This deal has been rumored for a few days now. We reported this yesterday, but it seemed a likely landing place for Albert all along, considering the interest the Dolphins had a year ago.
Now, the Chiefs move on. Donald Stephenson seems the most probably candidate to take Albert’s spot as left tackle. The Chiefs would love it if last year’s number one overall draft pick, Eric Fisher, could develop quickly, and and snatch that left tackle job from Stephenson.
Stephenson and Fisher should be able hold down the tackle positions for the next few seasons at a relatively bargain price.