Dolphins Making Moves: Acquire Thomas, Release Williams

February 20, 2017 • Ben Heck • AFC, AFC East, Breaking News, Front Page, Miami Dolphins

The free agency period and new league year doesn’t officially roll around until next month, but that isn’t stopping the Miami Dolphins from making moves now.

In a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami’s front office has acquired tight end Julius Thomas. Thomas, 28, passed his physical but will not officially be a member of the Dolphins until the new league year begins March 9.

At 28 years old, Thomas has yet to replicate the success he had in Denver during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In those two Pro Bowl years, Thomas combined for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns on 108 receptions.

He was catching passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning during his Denver tenure, so it was a tough adjustment going from Manning down to two years with Blake Bortles. In two seasons with the Jaguars, the veteran tight end missed 15 starts. But a healthy Thomas in the lineup for Miami could prove helpful to a Ryan Tannehill in 2017.

Shortly after the Thomas deal hit the press, a separate Jacksonville/Miami deal went public, which will send veteran 32-year old offensive tackle Branden Albert from Miami to Jacksonville.

  • In addition, Miami unloaded under-performing defensive end Mario Williams after just one season on Feb. 16.
  • After posting his fourth double-digit sack season in eight years with the team, Miami inked five-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher Cameron Wake to a two-year, $19 million extension.
  • In an odd reminiscent moment, the front office signed six former Dolphins to one-day contracts in a strange “celebration” yesterday, including legendary quarterbacks Dan Marino and Bob Griese.

Yeah, it’s been a busy month for Miami.

Photo: Rich Schultz/Getty Images

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