Posted April 25, 2013

Report: Dolphins, Chiefs put Branden Albert trade on hold

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The Dolphins reportedly are willing to meet Branden Albert's contract demands. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

The Dolphins reportedly are willing to meet Branden Albert’s contract demands. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

The anticipated Dolphins-Chiefs trade involving Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has been tabled until after both team make their first-round selections in Thursday’s NFL Draft, according to ESPN.com.

Albert, 28, has signed a franchise tender worth $9.82 million next season but has held out of the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason program under new head coach Andy Reid. Albert reportedly wants a contract paying between $8 and $9 million per season in a long-term deal.

Albert has been linked to the Dolphins — who are reportedly prepared to meet his contract demands — after Miami refused to match the Rams’ $8.5 million offer to tackle Jake Long.

The Chiefs reportedly are looking for a second-round pick as compensation in a potential trade and the Dolphins have two picks available to deal.

The Chiefs are expected to make Albert expendable after selecting Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher or Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel with the first pick of the draft — that is looking more and more to be Fisher.


3 comments
MatthewMason
MatthewMason like.author.displayName 1 Like

Miami should hold out and refuse to give up a 2 this year.  Offer a 3 or a 2 next year and let the Chiefs eat the cap hit and Miami goes OT in the 2nd or sign Winston as a 1 year answer.  Miami holds the cards.

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

 @MatthewMason I agree.  KC can have him for this season, but can not really franchise him again without a huge hit.  Now that they picked Fisher, their options are whatever they are offered now, or pay/play him in addition to Fisher for this season and get nothing for him when they release him next year.

kcsmashmouth
kcsmashmouth

 @MatthewMason Miami doesn't hold the cards.  KC is fine with keeping Albert for the season.  With the Dolphins trading their 42nd pick, now the Chiefs could demand the 54th pick plus another pick.  The Dolphins made the biggest head scratch move of the draft.  The Chiefs hold the cards.