Branden Albert, Jared Veldheer, Rodger Saffold all find new homes

Three of the top free-agent left tackles reached quick agreements with new teams once the new league year got underway.

The top tackle of the bunch, Branden Albert, agreed to a contract worth $46 million over five years with the Miami Dolphins, according to a league source. $25 million of the deal is guaranteed. A former first-round pick of the Chiefs, Albert started all but two games he appeared in for the organization.

The Raiders signed former Rams lineman Rodger Saffold to a deal that will average $8.5 million per season. Saffold can play both tackle and guard and has started 44 of the 47 games he's appeared in during his NFL career.

The reason the Raiders needed a new tackle was because Jared Veldheer decided to to join Arizona, as he agreed to a contract with the Cardinals. He received a $35 million deal with $17 million guaranteed and a$6.25 million bonus. The big 6-8 tackle spent the majority of the 2013 season injured, but has been a starter the past three years.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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