MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have signed unrestricted free agent Pro Bowl offensive tackle Branden Albert to a five-year contract, the team announced today.
“I am pleased to announce that the Miami Dolphins have signed Pro Bowl tackle Branden Albert,” said Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “The addition of a Pro Bowl player of Branden’s caliber to our offensive line was definitely a focus of our organization heading into the free agency period. The type of talent, skill and ability that Brandon brings will not only strengthen the offense but will be felt throughout the 53-man roster.”
The 6-5, 316-pound Albert joins Miami after spending the past six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2008-13).
In 2013, as he had been throughout his career, Albert was a mainstay at left tackle for Kansas City and helped lead the Chiefs to the postseason for the first time since 2010. In recognition of his performance, Albert earned his first trip to the NFL Pro Bowl. Over the course of his career, the 29-year old has appeared in 85 regular season games with 83 starts, he has also started postseason games for the Chiefs following both the 2010 and 2013 seasons. Originally, Albert was selected with the second of the Chiefs two first-round selections (15th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Albert started all 37 games during his three-year career at Virginia. He earned first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a junior after starting all 13 games for the Cavaliers, 11 of which came at left guard and two at left tackle. Born November 4, 1984 in Rochester, New York, Albert was a two-way prep standout at Glen Burnie High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland.