Andy Reid Backtracks, Says Chiefs Gave Dolphins Permission To Talk To Albert

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has backtracked on his earlier comments that the team has not given the Miami Dolphins permission to negotiate with LT Branden Albert.

Reports came out this afternoon that KC had in fact given the Dolphins permission to talk to Albert’s agent. Then, a few hours later, Reid said that was not the case.

We called BS. And we were right.

Well, at least in part. Reid has now clarified his remarks and says that he was just confused.

From Pro Football Talk:

Now Reid has clarified for Chris Mortensen of ESPN that Kansas City has given permission to the Dolphins to speak with Albert’s agent, but no visit to the Dolphins’ facilities or physical exam is allowed yet.

Reid said he was engaged in on-field business and misunderstood what Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey had told him about the Albert situation, leading to some confusion about whether they were still talking about trading him to the Dolphins. Reid said there had been no talks between the Chiefs and Dolphins ro two days, and that Dorsey had declined to give Albert permission to visit the Dolphins without a substantive trade offer, and as a result Reid thought no permission had been given.

I can see this being the case. Dorsey is the one handling the negotiations with the Dolphins so it makes sense that he might have relayed the news to Reid briefly and that Reid may not have been listening or misunderstood. These guys are busy.

Whether Reid was fibbing or he really was confused is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is the reports are true and it is very likely Albert will be dealt to Miami.

Various reports indicate that the Dolphins are aware of what kind of money Albert is looking for. If Miami still wishes to negotiate with him then the Dolphins probably think they can make something work.

Is it a slam dunk that Albert will end up in Miami?

No.

But I bet its a layup.

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  • Adrian Morales

    We will regret letting him go if that is what happens

    • Michael Shaw

      No we won’t. We will have more cap space AND get back a 2nd rounder. Albert has back issues. Once they rear their ugly heads, back problems NEVER go away, especially for offensive lineman. I am not an OL, but I do have back issues ever since a car accident in November of 2000. They suck and they don’t just go away. Besides whether we get Joeckel or Fisher, either of them will be better at LT than Albert was his first two seasons. These two kids are beasts and we will be better off with one of them than with Bad Attitude.

      • Danny W

        Agreed, I think Lane Johnson will be better as well. Albert is solid for sure and I appreciate him stopping our revolving door at the position but he has become a malcontent. He tweeted that Luke Joeckel couldn’t hold his jock strap from what I heard, and that’s just classless.

        • Darkwolf1414

          I never saw that tweet! I think someone is pulling your leg. He canceled his twitter account before he said anything like that.

        • micah stephenson

          Its true, Luke caint hold Alberts jock strap. Luke is a Joke compared to Albert.

      • Darkwolf1414

        Having personally had back spasms and also having back problems from trauma; I can tell you that they are definitely two COMPLETELY different things. Back spasms are often due to an imbalance of water, glucose, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium in the muscles. They can be toned down and even halted completely by closely managing your intake of those nutrients and keeping the right ratios in your system. They can also be due to overuse of certain muscles. Best thing to do then is to monitor your diet, as mention before, and hit the squats and deadlifts a little lighter.
        Back pain from trauma, however, is usually due to injury of the spine itself. It is very hard to come back to full strength from a spinal trauma but it is not unheard of. You are right that pain from back trauma tends to linger for the rest of your life. That is because most of us don’t have the patience to let the back heal completely before we push it again. I feel you on the back issues. My L4 & L5 discs are shredded but my doctor says the one surgery that could possibly fix them only has a 10% success rate. He said he’d rather not do it with those slim of odds of giving me relief. The weird thing is, before my back injury I could dunk. Now I have a vertical of about 5 inches!

        Have you tried an inversion board for your back, Michael? Mine helps me quite a bit.

    • GDL40

      I agree …. I wish we would’ve signed him long term, but for some reason the new regime didnt want that since they got there so might as well get something for him…..otherwise we would really regret losing him next year without getting anythng at all for him……

      • redchiefs

        I don’t think they had time to get everyone signed, their true focus was Bowe. Colquitt was probably a one or two day negotiation. Hence the tag to keep Albert.

  • KCMikeG

    Thanks Brandon! It has been a pleasure watching you develop into a pretty damn good LT after playing G in college. I have enjoyed watching you develop and speaking with you at camp each year. You put up with being told you should move back to G or to RT your whole time here without a word of complaint. Thank you for the exceptional play you gave us last year. I wish you the best of health with your back and for a fan base that appreciates you at LT.

    • redchiefs

      I agree, Albert has developed into a good LT. I still think his true potential is guard, and while he’s a very good LT, he’s probably would have been an elite guard.

      • Danny W

        Agreed he will never make a pro bowl at left tackle but I’m positive he would have at guard. I get there is a pride factor involved there and he’s a solid performer at left tackle, he’s just not elite.

    • Danny W

      I appreciate Albert as well. I remember guys like Jordan Black and the revolving door we’ve had a left tackle after him. He’s been a main stay but I think he would be better served away from KC at this point.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Brandon Albert #76 LT KC Chiefs
    Luke Joeckel #76 LT KC Chiefs!!!

    • Michael Shaw

      HUH?

  • Killerdoctor27

    All in all this is the right thing to do. Albert wants more money and the Chiefs want a second round pick. Now instead of just letting Albert walk in free agency the Chiefs will get a 2nd round pick. It was a smart move to tag him… If Scott Pioli was still running the show I could see him just letting Albert walk and then the Chiefs end up MAYBE with a 3rd round pick in 2014. Now the Chiefs can get a second round pick and possibly still be able to upgrade the LT position. Also they save $ with this deal so the Chiefs could still sign a veteran free agent after the draft. Smart move:)

    • Michael Shaw

      Agreed.

    • Darkwolf1414

      They’re not upgrading crap with trading Albert and drafting a LT. At best it’s a lateral move.

      • Killerdoctor27

        A “lateral” move that saves money, gets a younger/possibly better LT, and KC receives a 2nd round pick…. I see no problem with this move:)

        • micah stephenson

          I dont even think its Lateral. The rookie LT will give up waaaay more sacks than Albert. Thats backwards. Cheaper but backwards.

          • Darkwolf1414

            Yup, yup!

  • ladner morse

    I’ve heard reports that Albert might not be dealt until… Draft Day…. and AFTER the top 3 LTs are off the board as Miami hedges there bets in case one of them falls to them at pick 12.

    Even if the Dolphins have created that arrangement with the Chiefs… it’s wise for the Chiefs to do so… if that’s the Chiefs only way out with Albert.

    • Ron White

      I hope that is not true….Let’s get all this drama over with..

    • berttheclock

      Should the Chiefs end up with the 54 spot from Miami, let everyone hope Dorsey oversees the pick. In 2011, AR had the 54 pick and took Jaiqwan Jarrett, a very slow safety, of whom he had to cut and apologize to the Philly fans.

  • NathanaelL

    Either way he was wrong. And admits that he was wrong. I buy it. Really don’t see him having a reason to be dishonest and then retracting a dishonest statement on purpose especially if by doing so it makes the team you want to trade with you look dishonest. Good stuff Patrick Allen

  • sidibeke

    I thought it was interesting when I heard Reid call Albert a pro bowl caliber LT, that after saying he wanted to draft a HOF caliber player at #1.

    Still mulling, but initial thought for Brandon’s farewell was the theme to Fat Albert. Not that he’s fat, it’s just a catchy tune.

  • Jim Harper

    This is the right move.

  • Trent Taylor

    Gotta have #42!

  • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

    Fins dorking around with this signing. Lions need LT too. I hope they offer their 2 and let fins survive with J Martin.

  • dominicscarlatti

    Tempest in a teapot. Move along folks, we’ll call you when the deal has been consummated and announced.

  • ArrowFan

    Now we just need to trade out of the #1 spot.

  • ArrowFan

    Good bye our most senior, experienced, and best O lineman.

  • ArrowFan

    Hello #1 pick O lineman. Warranted or not I hate drafting lineman high in the first round.

  • ArrowFan

    Please find a way to trade out of the #1 spot Dorsey.

  • ArrowFan

    Please don’t draft both a high LT and RT and then have them starting this year.

  • ArrowFan

    Hello generous amounts of cap space once again. Why did we need more cap room? Owe that’s right we may still need to pick up a FA LT now. So it is nice that we are going to have the extra cap room to do so. Is there anything wrong with being close or even at the cap?

  • ArrowFan

    Here are my first two round pick projections for this years draft. First round LT second round RT.

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