AP source: Albert, Mitchell reach deals with Miami

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 11, 2014 at 10:46 pm •  Published: March 11, 2014
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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 has agreed to 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 a $16 million, four-year deal with Miami, the person said. Both deals are pending physicals.

The person confirmed the agreements to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't made an announcement.

Miami also traded tackle Jonathan Martin, who was the primary target of harassment in the team's bullying scandal. Martin went to the San Francisco 49ers for an undisclosed draft pick.

The deals were part of a busy first day of free agency for new Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey.

Martin began last season as the Dolphins' starting left tackle. That job will now go to Albert.

"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 Martin, who left the Dolphins in October.

The bullying scandal that then unfolded sabotaged Miami's season. Guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry, both implicated in the case, are among the Dolphins who became free agents Tuesday. Neither is expected back with Miami.