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 NFL.com 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.