Over the weekend it had been reported that the Miami Dolphins were looking at possibly releasing former first round pick, G/T Branden Albert. However, almost as quickly as those rumors surfaced they were quashed by the Dolphins front office, and it would seem that we now know why. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Dolphins and Jaguars have been involved in trade talks that would send the two time Pro Bowler to Jacksonville in exchange for tight end Julius Thomas, whom the Jaguars signed as a free agent prior to the 2016 season.
Should this trade go through, it is a win/win, as both teams have been underwhelmed by the play of their respective players. Jacksonville would be upgrading an offensive line that has allowed QB Blaine Gabbert to be sacked 140 times over the past three seasons. Albert offers an instant upgrade to the Jaguars front five.
The biggest winner in the trade would be Ryan Tannehill, who could potentially be gaining the big-bodied red zone target he has sorely lacked. Thomas would serve as a dynamic compliment to Jordan Cameron, who missed 13 games in 2016 due to injury (or perhaps Cameron will be the foil to Thomas, who knows). Tannehill should immediately benefit from the addition of Thomas, as the Dolphins TE corp on the season totalled a paltry 39 receptions for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In 2016 Thomas had 30 receptions for 281 yards and 4 TDs. For his career Thomas has 185 catches for 2018 yards and 33 TDs.
Of course, that is provided that Julius Thomas is able to remain healthy and regain the form that he showed in Denver playing with Peyton Manning. If that does not happen, then Thomas would serve as yet another reminder as to how great Peyton Manning was at elevating the level of his teammates play.