Jaguars and Dolphins swap Albert for Thomas


Julius Thomas and Branden Albert are on the move but they won’t be changing states. Thomas and a late round pick in 2018 are heading to the Dolphins in exchange for Albert and a late-round draft pick in the upcoming 2017 draft. Although Thomas and Albert are swapping teams, there were two separate deals to move the players, per Albert Breer.

The acquisition of Thomas would seem to spell the end for Jordan Cameron, who has battled through numerous concussions and only managed to suit up for a meager three games during the past campaign, although Thomas’s six wasn’t much better. Thomas was only shell of his former Bronco self during his time in Jacksonville, but he’ll be reunited with head coach Adam Gase, who was the offensive coordinator during Thomas’s stint in Denver. Thomas has also reportedly agreed to take a pay cut to join Tannehill and company.

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Albert was the largest part of Jacksonville’s haul in this deal. The veteran’s services are apparently no longer needed in Miami due to the growth of 2016 first-rounder Laremy Tunsil. Albert suited up for 35 games in three seasons for the Dolphins, starting all of them. Albert previously spent his six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before moving to the Sunshine State.

The deal makes sense for both teams, as Tannehill could use an extra target. Miami is looking to return to the postseason with a healthy quarterback and an extra weapon in the passing attack. Blake Bortles needs better protection if he hopes to improve from his awful showing last season. Jacksonville has talent, but just couldn’t make ends meet last year. The addition of Albert will certainly provide veteran leadership and help the frequently-harassed Bortles stay upright.