While everyone focuses attention on the possibility Ndamukong Suh can become the prize of this year's free agency haul for the Miami Dolphins, last year's free agency price is working on returning to the field but making no promises on a timetable.
Offensive left tackle Branden Albert, who suffered ACL and MCL damage to his right knee last November, posted on instagram a quick video showing the apparent strength in the knee but the quick message that accompanied the video was more sobering.
"Everyone asking me how is my knee? 'When you going to return?' I always give the political answer, 'One day at a time,' Albert wrote.
"Most people want me to say, 'Yeah, I'll be there [the] first game.' I can't give you that answer. Only thing I can give you is I'm working to come back to be the best I can be. [I] didn't even think I would ever be able to do this again. But I have the right mindset and the right supporting cast."
Obviously if Albert isn't certain he'll be ready for the start of the season he cannot be certain he'll be ready for the start of training camp six or seven weeks earlier.
And he didn't think he'd be "able to do this again?"
Did he believe his career was done?
Obviously, he had some doubts but those seem softened now. Albert was, by all accounts, playing well the first three months of last season after signing a $46 million contract with the Dolphins.
It will be interesting to see if he lives up to the deal longterm.