Branden Albert released by Dolphins; Laremy Tunsil to move to tackle

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Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) works to get around Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert (76) during the second half of an AFC Wild Card NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. The Steelers won 30-12. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) works to get around Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert (76) during the second half of an AFC Wild Card NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. The Steelers won 30-12. (AP Photo/Don Wright) — Don Wright

DAVIE, Fla. – Left tackle Branden Albert has been released by the Miami Dolphins, clearing the way for 2016 first-round draft pick Laremy Tunsil to move over from guard.

Albert, 32, anchored the Dolphins' line for three seasons when healthy but missed four games last year because of a wrist injury and illness. He hasn't played all 16 games since 2011 with Kansas City.

Albert was due to make $8.88 million this year. He mentored Tunsil, who was a three-year starter at left tackle at Mississippi and played mostly guard as an NFL rookie after he was taken 13th in the draft.

Tunsil was touted as a potential No. 1 overall choice before a video was posted on his Twitter account showing him smoking from a gas mask connected to a bong.