Branden Albert agrees to deal with Dolphins for $10M per year

Branden Albert will be taking his talents to South Beach. (USATSI)
Branden Albert will be taking his talents to South Beach. (USATSI)

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When Chiefs offensive lineman Branden Albert officially becomes a free agent at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, don't look for him to be on the market for long. Albert has a deal in place with the Miami Dolphins that will pay him $10 million per season, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has reported

The Dolphins tried to trade for Albert last April, but talks fell apart and the Chiefs offensive lineman ended up staying in Kansas City, where he's been for his entire six-year career. The 29-year-old was the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and has been with the Chiefs since then. 

Albert will be an instant upgrade for a Dolphins offensive line that surrendered a franchise-record 58 sacks in 2013. That was the highest number in the NFL by far, as no other team in the league gave up more than 50 sacks last season. 

Look for Albert to be No. 1 on the Dolphins depth chart at left tackle, a position that was influx in 2013 after Jake Long left Miami in free agency to sign with the Rams. Jonathan Martin started the season at left tackle, but the job eventually went to Bryant McKinnie, who was added in an October trade with the Ravens.

The Dolphins were buyers during free agency last year and it looks like owner Stephen Ross has his checkbook ready to go again. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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