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

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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