AP source: Albert, Mitchell reach deals with Miami - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

AP source: Albert, Mitchell reach deals with Miami

Posted: Updated:

By STEVEN WINE

AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) -- With the Miami Dolphins desperate to rebuild their troubled offensive line, Branden Albert will provide a 6-foot-5, 316-pound cornerstone.

The Pro Bowl left tackle agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth more than $45 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.

Former Houston Texans defensive tackle Earl Mitchell agreed to terms on a $16 million, four-year deal with Miami, the person said. Both deals will be completed pending physicals.

The person confirmed the agreements to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't made an announcement. The deals were part of a busy first day of free agency for new Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey.

"I am now a Miami Dolphin," Albert tweeted Tuesday night. "PhinsUp. Welcoming me with open arms... It's time to work."

Albert, a first-round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, started 83 games for them in the past six seasons. He'll move into the position played at the start of last season by Jonathan Martin, who left the Dolphins in October and alleged he was harassed persistently by teammates.

The bullying scandal that then unfolded sabotaged Miami's season.

Guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry, both implicated in the scandal, are among the Dolphins who became free agents Tuesday. Neither is expected back in Miami.

Albert has a home in South Florida, and the Dolphins tried to swing a trade for him a year ago. Instead the Chiefs used the franchise tag on Albert and paid him more than $9.8 million, and he helped them reach the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Martin was a bust at left tackle for the Dolphins, who gave up a franchise-record 58 sacks and finished 8-8.

Albert will be reunited with new Dolphins assistant offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, who coached for the Chiefs in 2012.

Albert tweeted that his move to Miami was "bittersweet."

"I want to thank the Chiefs organization and the Chiefs nation and fan base for 6 great years of my career," he tweeted. "Thanks to all the loyal fans that watched me blossom from a boy to a man.... And into a pretty darn football player.... The Chief nation will always be in my heart and have a special meaning to me.... I always appreciate the love and support of the sea of red and yellow."

Mitchell, a third-round pick by Houston in 2010, became a starter last year. He'll help replace defensive tackles Paul Soliai and Randy Starks, both free agents.

Soliai agreed to terms Tuesday with the Atlanta Falcons.

The Dolphins remain in the hunt for more offensive line help, and they're shopping for a tight end.

------

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP--NFL

------

Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve--Wine

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


  • FootballMore>>

  • Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

    Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:12:22 GMT
    The NFL players' union has appealed the league's indefinite suspension of Ray Rice.
    The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night.
  • Ferguson protesters call anew to remove prosecutor

    Ferguson protesters call anew to remove prosecutor

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:03:16 GMT
    Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old have disrupted another government meeting.
    Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government meeting Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor...
  • Warner, Seau among 113 Hall nominees

    Warner, Seau among 113 Hall nominees

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:52:13 GMT
    By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football...
    By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of...
  • College FootballMore>>

  • SEC dominating AP poll again

    SEC dominating AP poll again

    Sunday, September 14 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-09-14 20:30:54 GMT
    By JOHN MARSHALL AP College Football Writer Breaking down the ballots for the AP Top 25 and wrapping up college football's third weekend.
    By JOHN MARSHALL AP College Football Writer Breaking down the ballots for the AP Top 25 and wrapping up college football's third weekend.
  • SEC with 5 teams in top 10 of AP poll

    SEC with 5 teams in top 10 of AP poll

    Sunday, September 14 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-09-14 18:10:39 GMT
    By JOHN MARSHALL AP College Football Writer South Carolina's win over Georgia vaulted the Gamecocks 10 spots to No. 14 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern...
    By JOHN MARSHALL AP College Football Writer South Carolina's win over Georgia vaulted the Gamecocks 10 spots to No. 14 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference...
  • Boston College runs over No. 9 USC 37-31

    Boston College runs over No. 9 USC 37-31

    Sunday, September 14 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-14 05:42:54 GMT
    Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy rushed for 190 yards, breaking free for a 66-yard touchdown with 3:30 to play on Saturday night as Boston College beat No. 9 Southern California 37-31 - the Eagles' first...
    Fans wearing red bandannas stormed the field in a raucous celebration of Boston College's first victory over a top 10 team in a decade.
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.