The Facts: The Dolphins are working on a trade with the Jaguars that would swap Miami left tackle Branden Albert with Thomas, according to league sources. The trade may be contingent on Albert and Thomas restructuring their contracts. The players would also need to pass physicals, and a deal can't be finalized until the start of the new league year on March 9. However, multiple sources say that all parties are willing participants, and that includes Albert, who said so directly to the Sun Sentinel.
Diehards Line:The Dolphins were planning to release Albert on Thursday, which would have cleared $7.2 million in salary cap space, but the Jaguars notified Miami that they had interest in a trade. Adding Thomas, who turns 29 in June, would provide Miami’s offense a seam threat they lacked last season. Thomas caught 30 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns in the nine games he played in 2016. In 2013 and 2014, he was considered one of the NFL’s top up-and-coming tight ends after catching 108 passes for 1,277 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns over those two seasons with the Denver Broncos. Tight end is a glaring need for the Dolphins, considering Jordan Cameron, who missed most of the season with a concussion, and Dion Sims, who is viewed as primarily a blocking tight end, are both free agents. Adding Thomas would also give the Dolphins a red-zone threat, but his blocking has been a shortcoming throughout his career. ... Stay tuned. We'll follow up as needed.