Posted April 22, 2013

Dolphins will meet Branden Albert contract demands, according to report

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The Miami Dolphins are prepared to meet the contract demands of offensive tackle Branden Albert, for whom they are looking to trade before this week’s NFL Draft.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Dolphins are willing to give Albert a similar contract  to the six-year, $53.4 million extension that was signed by Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown last year.

That stands in contrast to a report Sunday that said the deal was on the verge of falling apart unless Albert lowered his demands. The Dolphins refused to match a deal the St. Louis Rams gave to tackle Jake Long, which pays about $8.5 million per season.

Albert, 28, has signed a franchise tender worth $9.82 million next season, but he has not participated in the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason program. The Chiefs are looking for a second-round pick as compensation in a potential trade, and the Dolphins have two.

 


7 comments
RichardYoungman
RichardYoungman

I agree with not signing Long back. It was rare for him to finish a season healthy. But I think we should pursue Winston for less than half the money for Albert and keep our 2nd round pick. It is not common for someone to truly want to play for your organization for other reasons besides $$. Plus Winston is from the "U" and we Dolphin fans love nothing more than an old UM player on the team. Either which we need to pick up a tackle in FA and draft Tyler Eifert to keep him away from the Jets.

unklbrad
unklbrad

 @RichardYoungman Winston is a right tackle and he's not very good at it.  Other than that it's cool.

ramin
ramin

If they were willing to pay the $$, why not just resign Jake Long. This way, you keep you team captain and your 2nd round pick. This is clearly a case of Jeff Ireland making a move to improve the team for 2013 but put them in cap hell after. Every off season move so far has been on par to win 9 or so games this season so Ireland can renew his contract. 

 

Fifilo
Fifilo

And they wonder why playoffs in Miami are as common as icebergs.

John4
John4 like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Fifilo Fifilo - well that was mean.  True, but mean.  Brandon Albert is not worth half of that contract.  6 yrs and $53 Mill for a worn out average performer who is rehabbing injuries.  Miami - you have got to do better.  Bill Belichik reads this stuff and has to shake his head.  Has to feel like the AFC East is like taking candy from babies (or clueless fools).

kcfan2415
kcfan2415

 @John4  @Fifilo  Lol you have got to be kidding. You obviously have NOT watched him play, he is an excellent pass blocker and good run blocker. Allowed one sack last season. Worn out average? That is very ignorant of you to say. Miami should be lucky KC isn't asking for a first round pick. He isn't rehabbing anything, he passed his post-season physical.

Fifilo
Fifilo

 @kcfan2415  @John4 Which is why teams are just lining up to take advantage of this great bargain before the Chiefs recover their senses.