Dolphins to Visit with Free Agent LB Zach Brown

The Dolphins are planning to visit with Zach Brown, the top linebacker remaining in free agency, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports citing a league source.

Brown had 149 tackles, four passes defended, four sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles as a starter for the Buffalo Bills last season.

The Oakland Raiders also recently hosted Brown and are believed to be in the mix.

Rumors of Brown visiting the Dolphins began over the weekend, when an associate of a friend of Brown tweeted that he was coming to meet with Dolphins officials. Brown’s intentions to visit, barring something unforeseen, were confirmed by an independent party.

Brown, 27, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans but did his best work with Buffalo last season.

He has 14 sacks in five pro seasons.

Dolphins LT Branden Albert in Jacksonville; Ready to Deal with Jaguars for TE Julius Thomas

The Dolphins and Jaguars are working on a trade involving offensive tackle Branden Albert and tight end Julius Thomas, but hurdles remain, Kevin Patra of reports.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Albert is visiting the Jaguars on Monday to help facilitate a swap. An Albert-Thomas trade would likely happen if both players agreed to new deals, Rapoport reported.

A trade cannot be officially finalized until the new league year opens on March 9.

Albert is set to count $10.6 million on the salary cap. Moving on would save Miami $7.2 million on the cap. The veteran left tackle struggled last season while playing through injury — for reference, Pro Football Focus rated him their 65th best offensive tackle in 2016. However, he would be an upgrade for Jacksonville, who are not picking up Kelvin Beachum’s 2017 contract option.

Thomas’ contract currently runs through 2019, and $3 million of his $7 million owed this year is already guaranteed.

Former Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell Set to Meet with Four Teams

Former Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell is receiving interest from multiple teams days after his release, Andie Hagemann of reports.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Saturday that Mitchell has visits scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos beginning next week, per a source informed of the player’s plans.

The Seahawks, 49ers and Falcons will all employ a 4-3 scheme this season — the same system Mitchell played in during his three-season stint in Miami.

Mitchell signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 (after four with the Houston Texans) and played in 37 games (21 starts) in three seasons with the Dolphins. He amassed 72 tackles (46 solo) and two sacks there.

Dolphins Making Cuts; Release LT Branden Albert, DE Mario Williams and More

The cost cutting moves of the offseason for the Dolphins has begun, as today reports say the team has cut both left tackle Branden Albert and linebacker Mario Williams.

Reports state the team also is releasing defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

Releasing Albert is a move that will open the door for last seasons’ first-round pick Laremy Tunsil to step in and become the starter in his second season.

Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post gave his take on the roster cuts:

The Dolphins will save $20.4 million in salary cap space with the four moves, affording themselves flexibility to either retain upcoming free agents (including receiver Kenny Stills and defensive end Andre Branch), find new free agents or possibly extend the contracts of players such as receiver Jarvis Landry and safety Reshad Jones.

From the moment Tunsil was drafted, it was obvious even to Albert that Tunsil eventually would take over that key position on the Dolphins’ offensive line. In fact, Albert helped groom Tunsil for the role last season despite declaring after the draft that he (Albert) was the left tackle of the Dolphins.

Dolphins Hire Andre Carter as New Assistant Defensive Line Coach

Andre Carter, 37, has been hired as Miami’s assistant defensive line coach, a league source confirmed to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Carter replaces Jim Washburn, who retired last month.

This is Carter’s first coaching job on the NFL level. After retiring in 2013, he joined the University of California’s staff as a graduate assistant.

Carter, the No. 7 pick in 2001, spent his first five seasons with the 49ers, and his next five with Redskins. He made his lone Pro Bowl in 2011 with the Patriots.

In Miami, Carter will work with Terrell Williams, who’s now entering his third year as Dolphins’ defensive line coach.

Dolphins Promote LB Coach Matt Burke to New Defensive Coordinator


The Dolphins have promoted linebackers coach Matt Burke to be their next defensive coordinator according to Ian Rapoport of

The move was expected after 2016 DC Vance Joseph left the Dolphins to take the head coaching job in Denver. This will be Burke’s first chance at coordinating a defense after eight years as a position coach. He joined the Dolphins last season after stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions.

Burke’s promotion is a bit surprising at first glance as the linebacking corps of the Dolphins was clearly the weak spot of the team’s defense in 2016. Burke was not given a lot of talent to work with, however, and reportedly is well respected within the organization. He plans to utilize a 4-3 defensive scheme along the lines of former Lions HC Jim Schwartz, who mentored Burke early in his career.

Dolphins vs Steelers NFL Wild Card Inactives

Here are the inactives for the Steelers and Dolphins for today’s wild card game at Heinz Field.

Steelers Inactives

No. 18 – QB Zach Mettenberger
No. 21 – S Robert Golden
No. 24 – CB Justin Gilbert
No. 56 – LB Anthony Chickillo
No. 69 – T Brian Mihalik
No. 89 – TE Ladarius Green
No. 90 – DE Ricardo Mathews

Dolphins Inactives

No. 17 – QB Ryan Tannehill
No. 37 – S A.J. Henry
No. 41 – CB Byron Maxwell
No. 79 – T Sam Young
No. 83 – TE Thomas Duarte
No. 88 – WR Leonte Carroo

Report: Dolphins 2013 First Round Pick Dion Jordan to Stay on NFI List for Rest of 2016

Dion Jordan

A report out says that Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan will remain on the reserve/non-football injury list, meaning he won’t play this season and will now have sat out the 2015 and 2016 NFL seasons.

The Dolphins had a Tuesday deadline to decide whether to move Jordan to the 53-man roster.

Jordan, the 2013 first-round pick, hasn’t played since 2014 due to a season-long suspension in 2015 for violating the league’s drug policy and an offseason knee injury to start training camp this year. He has three sacks and 46 tackles in 26 career games.