Posted April 21, 2013

Report: Branden Albert trade unlikely unless he lowers contract demands

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Branden Albert is reportedly seeking a contract of $8 million ot $9 million annually. (Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

Branden Albert is reportedly seeking a contract of $8 million to $9 million annually. (Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert is seeking between $8 million and $9 million annually in a new contract, complicating a potential trade to the Miami Dolphins ahead of this week’s NFL Draft.

Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole reported Sunday that a trade would only happen if Albert, who is currently signed to a one-year franchise tender, brings down his contract demands significantly. The Dolphins refused to match a deal the St. Louis Rams gave to tackle Jake Long, which pays about $8.5 million per season.

The Chiefs are looking to swing a deal with the Dolphins for a second-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. But Cole points out that the move would seem “counterintuitive” for the Dolphins given Albert’s current demands, since they just let Long walk away in free agency for less money:

To overpay for Albert and give up a second-round pick to get him would be pretty questionable for the Dolphins. Then again, the idea of having Jonathan Martin at left tackle could force the Dolphins to panic.

Albert, 28, has signed a franchise tender worth $9.82 million next season, but he has not participated in the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason program.


5 comments
JamesMartin
JamesMartin

at what point are these contracts teams are offering players any good?

he signed the tender, let the man play his year out.

shindoru
shindoru

 @JamesMartin Perhaps tracking the news on the net could help here. Yes he did sign for his franchise tag tender which gives him the opportunity to show up for voluntary practice, which HE has chosen not to attended. Don't get me wrong I understand the man wanting to get as much as he can, this could be his best and last opportunity to do so. Albert is hung up on his worth, and it is no where near his true value. On top of that this draft class is full of players that will cost much less. Chiefs have given Albert a good contract, a short one but good none the less, yet at this point he would be better served by another team, the welcome mat is a bit worn here.

Whatever
Whatever

Miami really screwed up when it let Long go. Now it may save a little money by getting Albert, but will give up a draft pick. Not particularly smart team management.

Fifilo
Fifilo

 @WhateverLong had become a revolving door. The Rams are betting he recovers from his injuries and returns to form.

rick2
rick2

I would rather see them trade up,then to pay him more than they offered Jake.Albert has been hurt also and is not the player Jake is