What was more surprising was the news that Miami was releasing Branden Albert, their starting left tackle. The tackle-thin Giants could make a move for the veteran.
Many are saying that the move isn't the smartest given the offensive line problems Miami has had over the last decade.
Almost two months later, though, with a new chief decision maker (Tom Coughlin) and offensive line coach (Pat Flaherty), the conclusion undoubtedly changed.
It was reported on Thursday that the Miami Dolphins would cut Branden Albert, but they appear to be backtracking on the decision.
Set to cost Miami a whopping $10.5 million in 2017, Williams' departure will save the team $8.5 million in salary-cap room.
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The team team realized that there could be a trade market for him so they stopped the process. Miami is thought to want 2017 draft picks, though, as Salguero points out, an intriguing option for Jacksonville could be sending tight end Julius Thomas, who played for Miami head coach Adam Gase when the coach worked as the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, to Miami.
Albert could immediately step in to protect Eli Manning's blind side. They'll shift Laremy Tunsil over to left tackle. Although 32 years old, Albert is a risk worth taking for the G-men. Starting left tackles rarely hit free agency and there would be multiple suitors for Albert, so trading for him might actually result in a bargain for the Jaguars.
Let's get another thing straight here: the Dolphins aren't trying to dump Albert on a team because of performance issues.
His departure means Laremy Tunsil, the 13th overall selection in the 2016 National Football League draft, will shift to left tackle after playing primarily at left guard during his rookie season.
All in total, Miami can free up almost $20 million in cap space with these moves. Andrew Whitworth is the obvious big ticket free agent, but at age 35, he'll also have his question marks.