Branden Albert, Ryan Clady create a suddenly robust offensive tackle market

The Miami Dolphins made a series of cuts on Thursday to create an additional $20 million in cap space.

The Mami Dolphins released former Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams on Thursday.

Albert, 32, anchored the Dolphins' line for three seasons when healthy but missed four games previous year because of a wrist injury and illness.

The franchise is also releasing defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, according to the Miami Herald.

Williams just signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Dolphins last year and I'm sure they didn't expect things to end this way.

Still, when healthy, Albert could be an upgrade over Charles Leno at the left tackle position, especially if the Bears aren't satisfied with the 25-year-old lineman's development.

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The former top pick would've cost the Dolphins $10.5 million this season, and the team will take on a $2 million cap hold penalty for letting him go.

Albert was due to make $8.88 million this year.

The release of 2006 No 1 overall pick Williams was expected after a disappointing season in Miami.

That being said, don't be shocked if the veteran is considering retirement after battling injuries for several years.

The Dolphins surprised everyone last season by surging after a awful start and making the playoffs.

The Dolphins drafted Laremy Tunsil in the first round of the 2016 draft. Last season he was limited to nine games (five starts) because of a calf injury.

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