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Miami Dolphins Interested In Chiefs’ Branden Albert, According To Report

The Kansas City Chiefs have been reportedly trying to trade LT Branden Albert for most of the offseason and it appears they may have a trading partner in the Miami Dolphins.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Dolphins are indeed interested in acquiring Albert from KC:

Rapoport has been pretty tuned in on what is going on with the Chiefs this offseason so I see this report as being pretty credible.

The Dolphins and the Chiefs have been linked for most of the offseason. Miami lost former first overall pick, Jake Long, in free agency and has been looking to fill a need at tackle.

The Chiefs used the franchise tag on Albert earlier this offseason but have reportedly been hoping to deal him for a second round pick in this year’s NFL draft. Early reports indicated that KC was also looking for a pick in the 2014 draft. Recently, however, there have been rumors that the Chiefs have softened their demands a bit.

This trade would make sense for both teams. The Chiefs are clearly interested in recouping the second-round draft pick they traded to the San Francisco 49ers for QB Alex Smith. By dealing Albert, the Chiefs would clear over $9 million in cap space and would be free to select one of the top tackle prospects in this year’s draft class.

For Miami, they’d be able to snag Albert, who has been a proven starter at LT since being drafted by KC. For the trade to make sense for the Dolphins, however, Albert would need to agree to sign a long-term contract with his new team. It is unlikely that the Dolphins would trade for Albert without a guarantee that they could lock him up long-term. The Dolphins own two second-round picks in this year’s draft so the team wouldn’t be losing much by dealing one of them for Albert.

The Chiefs probably would like to get the deal done before the first round of the draft begin next week.

What do you think, Addicts? Should the Chiefs trade Branden Albert for the 54th pick in this year’s draft? Or should they try to get more?

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  • Jason Seibel

    And the plot thickens. I think the Chiefs should be able to get the Dolphins 1st 2nd rounder. I hope anyways.

    • chiefridgy

      I agree

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Just posted another article on this as well. Looking like he is a goner.

      • Jason Seibel

        Pretty crazy. But I do believe these moves will make the Chiefs better.

    • Donkeyhater

      If its their first pick in the 2nd rd it’s worth it. The 54th pick is not enough. The talent drop off starts in the mid-2nd rd. The 54th pick would still be more than 20 picks after the one we gave up for Alex Smith, and we already have the 1st pick in the 3rd which is basically the same as the 54th. If they don’t want to go straight up for the earlier 2nd throw them a bone and give back a 5th or 6th rdr, but don’t cave in and sell him off at a loss. He’s still a good left tackle and we need to get a fair return for him.

  • KCMikeG

    Why don’t we trade Albert and our #1 for the Fins’ #1 and both their 2nd round picks and a 2nd-3rd round 2014 pick?

    • dominicscarlatti

      Can we potentially fill both OT positions this way? Schwartz could man the right side, or maybe Jeff Allen if he impresses through preseason, but I’d be concerned with just Stephenson at OLT. With extra picks, on the other hand, maybe another trade might be in the offing.

  • NathanaelL

    Trade! Trade! Trade! Trade! Trade! Trade! Trade! Trade! Trade! Trade!

    • ashton

      I think we should give them albert and one of our third rounders and mayb a 6th (Depending wether it is the first pick in the the third round or our conditional) for there two second rounders That way we have cap and still have a pick in the third round and some young offensive line talent.

  • ArrowFan

    I fine with one rookie on the O line but I would prefer we stay away from two rookie tackles. Didn’t we just have a year with two rookie lineman learning last year? If we pick a LT in the first round who is left in FA that is proven at left or right tackle?