Branden Albert Trade Rumors: Dolphins Have Considered A Deal

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Now that Kansas City Chiefs LT Branden Albert has signed the franchise tender extended to him by the club, he can be traded to the highest bidder.

And the highest bidder may end up being the Miami Dolphins.

According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have considered dealing for Albert.

From the Herald:

Agent Drew Rosenhaus said on his weekly WSVN-7 segment that free agent offensive tackle Eric Winston “would really like to play” for the Dolphins and that the Dolphins have interest, but that the situation is “fluid.” But the Dolphins have had a week to strike a deal since he visited and so far have not.

The Dolphins, as of Saturday, had not shown any interest in free agent Bryant McKinnie, who also has expressed interest in the Dolphins. Miami also has considered a trade for Kansas City tackle Branden Albert.

Interesting, to say the least.

The Chiefs unexpectedly released Winston a couple of weeks ago so it would be extremely interesting if both Albert and Winston ended up playing together again in Miami.

The Chiefs are reportedly seeking a 2013 second-round pick, as well as an additional 2014 pick, for Albert’s services.

Chiefs Nation seems to be split on what KC should do with Albert. Some, like me, think that as long as Albert is indeed healthy, that the Chiefs should sign him to a long-term deal and continue to build their team. Others feel Albert is a risk and an expensive risk at that. Those folks prefer KC to trade Albert so the team can get back the second-round pick it traded to the 49ers for QB Alex Smith.

What do you think, Addicts? Will Albert end up in Miami? What about Winston?

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  • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald

    If they can get the trade picks back from the trade for Alex Smith then I’m down for it…you seen guys like Joe Staley, Jake Long and other rookie left tackles come into the league and have good success. I think Albert ran his mouth too much and that’s why we are even here.

    • ArrowFan

      I think they the Chiefs are playing with his agent trying to get him to come down on the long term deal.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Either way is a win win, we keep Albert and have solid bookends on the oline, we trade Albert and we will be able to snag a high power ILB in the second round, we will be just fine in either scenerio

    • Stacy D. Smith

      We’d also be stuck with questions at both tackle spots.

      • Chris Tarrants

        what would be the question? If Albert stays we have both spots nailed, if he goes we get the LT number one overall and sign a RT with the money we would save

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Just saying that we’d still have work to do if he’s traded. Not sure I’d characterize that as a “win win.”

          • Michael Shaw

            Donald Stephenson would be fine at RT if we trade Branden and draft Joeckel. don’t know why everyone thinks differently. If he was fine in relief of Branden on the LT side then he should be stellar as the RT.

        • berttheclock

          Query as Schwartz keeps saying he is a better OG, then, if he replaces Allen, who would be at RT as that other “book end”?

          • Chris Tarrants

            The bookends would be Albert and Joeckel if we retain albert

          • http://powellbailbonds.weebly.com/ big chief

            I would be really surprised if they kept Albert AND drafted Joekel.

          • Alex Cervera

            I think if he gets traded, we wil look like this: Joeckel Schwartz Hudson Asamoah Stephenson

  • Fact Finder

    Trade Branden Albert. Playing out of position as a Left Tackle has shortened Alberts shelf life and once a back injury always a back injury.

    • Lenny Lieurance

      Gotta give you credit for being original, shortened his career at left tackle, never heard that one before lol.

      • shayaan

        the chiefs wouldn’t have slapped a 9+ million dollar franchise tag on him if your absurd assessment was anywhere close to reality.

  • dioxintribe

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire . . . younger, stronger, better!

  • berttheclock

    Several posters have expressed concern for starting a rookie at LT. Remember, Albert was a rookie in ’08 and he started 15 games for the Chiefs at LT, as he only missed the Panthers game with a slight injury. He gave up 4.5 sacks and only had one false start. Considering he had played OG at Virginia, it was not a bad beginning. The bigger problem for the Chiefs in those days was at RT, where Sackintosh and a bevvy of other mediocre RTs tried to play. Sackintosh was so bad the Seahawks tried to plug him into their terrible O-line when, the Seahawks’ management was begging The Millionair Club, which sends out day labor in Seattle, to send any big guy to them. In fact any big man trying to walk through Pioneer Square on game days was forced to head down to try on any uniform with the number 70 something written upon it. Sackintosh could not even stay with the Seahawks.

  • berttheclock

    Ireland, after giving away far too much in FAcy, is, now, trying to play Rope-a-Dope to get the R&D with the Chiefs to drop any request except for just one two pick.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    It could go anyway. Lose Albert and don’t pick up so many RB yards, the coaches will be blamed. (But I think JC can still get it done).

    Albert has been 1 of the best BUT! We don’t know what he’s like now. I think it was a bad idea to lose Winston. If they pick up a rookie ( which I HATE THE IDEA) they can work with them to go to RT or LT.

    Who knows what we’ll see from them. Maybe they actually saw what Geno can do so they want him 1st and an the best OL they can get in the 2nd rd and they don’t trust Albert because of the injuries. Who knows? Only them!

  • http://twitter.com/cdiamp3 Chris D.

    Yea I agree, back issues usually continue to linger around, especially for lineman, so why take that risk. I say we do trade Albert and pick up some extra draft picks, draft one of those beast of a lineman with the first pick and definitely answer the ILB position as well in the 2nd or 3rd round. Not to take anything away from Albert, but I really do think that the two LT’s atop of the draft board are more polished at LT than Albert was when he first came out…Just saying….

    • Da Menace

      Yep remember Jared Gaither…joke

      • shayaan

        there were motivation questions about gaither when he was in college at Maryland and during his days as a raven. it’s a terrible, lazy comparison.

    • shayaan

      and Albert is a better player today.. just saying…

  • ArrowFan

    I think I would rather have a veteran at LT than any rookie, however if we can get a 2nd pick plus a 2014 I don’t see how that would be a bad idea. Unless his replacement ends the 2013 season giving up multiple sacks and penalties costing us wins.

    • Zachary Barry

      I agree with having a vet on the line but I would rather have a rookie, get our second back this year and a second next year than pay Albert 9 mil for services rendered. His play has gotten better but is it worth 9 mil for one year?

  • Danny W

    I would say if a trade with Albert were going to happen it would have by now. I don’t think it’s happening. I personally would like to see us deal the guy but doubt it happens.

  • steve james

    Its gonna blow everyone’s mind when they draft a center and move Poe to RT :P Albert & Poe bookends. Charles runs for 2500 next year!

  • Calchiefsfan

    The question I keep asking myself is, can we get an LT as good as Albert with a second round pick? The answer is no. Maybe it’s a good move for the long term but it would be a downgrade that we would have to compensate for either in the draft or FA.

  • http://powellbailbonds.weebly.com/ big chief

    I’m torn on this. If his back is indeed a problem and someone is willing to give a high pick for him then take it but if he’s healthy trading him would be really stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RockyKCKPennington Rocky KC Chiefs Pennington

    I think he will be traded because we have so many needs to fill and John Dorsey is determined to get a 2nd rounder back: Likely Scenario is the starting tackles will be Luke Joekel/Eric fisher for LT, And Donald Stephenson at RT.

  • jimfromkcj

    The problem as I see it is that Chief’s fans are too emotionally engaged with the players on their Chief’s team. If Albert was half as good as you all think he was, half the teams would be lined up to make an offer for his services. Albert is a good LT who would be a great LG. That is all he has ever been and all he ever will be. Any GM worth his salt would be doing the same thing that Reid and Dorsey are doing, and that is to replace a player who is playing out of his best position and doesn’t want to change to benefit the team and has missed several games with a back problem just as he has reached his most productive years. And to top it off there is 2 and possibly 3 players in the draft who are potentially an upgrade from the git go and possibly all pro elite quality. If he could be unloaded for Miami’s 2nd this year and a 2nd next year, you could get an OC with the 2nd this year and a RT in the third setting your off line for years to come. The extra 2nd next year could be used to move up for a QB next year if one of them looks like the franchise guy we are looking for.

  • Outback Chief

    Only the Chiefs know if Donald Stephenson or someone else can play RT and if we aren’t going to pay B Albert the money then trade him and get something because next year is too late for that. Two 2nd’s will work for me , It”ll break this draft wide open for us.