DAVIE–Former Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert announced his retirement this morning, ending a nine-year career that included three strong seasons with Miami.
The Dolphins traded Albert to the Jaguars shortly after last season as part of an agreement to bring in Julius Thomas. It was broken into two separate deals, with Albert going out in exchange for Jacksonville’s 2018 seventh-round pick. That pick acquisition is negated by his retirement, a source said.
The Dolphins moved on from Albert in favor of moving 2016 first-round pick Laremy Tunsil from left guard to tackle.
Albert, a two-time Pro Bowler, was thought to be in line for the starting left tackle job in Jacksonville before today’s announcement. In his statement, he thanked owner Stephen Ross, former coach Joe Philbin and former general manager Dennis Hickey of the Dolphins.
“I was privileged to spend a few years with the guy,” Miami defensive end Cameron Wake said. “Tremendous football player, even better man. I think we looked up to one another.”
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