Free agency is underway and the Dolphins have come to contract terms with offensive left tackle Branden Albert on a five year deal believed to be worth between $45-48 million.
No secret there.
Albert must take and pass a physical before the deal is official and signed.
[Update at 4:01: Albert's deal is for $47 million with $25 million guaranteed.]
I smiled this afternoon when ESPN analyst Bill Polian said Dannell Ellerbe "played well" for "OK" money he got from the Dolphins last year. Polian also referred Ellerbe as "Daniel."
We know that Ellerbe will be with the Dolphins this year but the coaching staff and new general manager Dennis Hickey have been considering moving him to outside linebacker, which would mean the Dolphins would need a new middle linebacker.
(Remember the flirtation with D'Qwell Jackson?)
Anyway, the other way to address the linebacker position is to get an outside backer and force Phillip Wheeler and Koa Misi to compete for playing time.
Well, if Plan B is the way to go, the Dolphins have Tampa Bay OLB Dekoda Watson on their radar.
The team is also looking for right tackle help.
And Austin Howard will be available in the coming minutes. The New York Daily News reported the past few minutes the team was unable to sign Howard in time before free agency's start.
He'll be on the market.
Another option is Kansas City five-technique defensive end Tyson Jackson. The Dolphins are considering him as someone capable of making the move to 4-3 DT.
[Update at 4:03: Mitchell has agreed to terms with the Dolphins and is flying to Miami today, according to Adam Beasley and ESPN and me. Beasley reports the agreement. ESPN says it's a four-year deal worth $16 million. I'm told Mitchell will get $9 million in guaranteed money.]
[Update at 4:10: Jackson is obviously no longer a priority. He will visit the Falcons tonight, per a source.]