Earlier today we told you that ESPN was reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs have given the Miami Dolphins permission to negotiate a contract with LT Branden Albert.
When asked about the report today, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid denied the team had given Miami permission to talk to Albert.
From Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports Radio, via Twitter:
— Bob Fescoe (@bobfescoe) April 18, 2013
Allow me to put this in simple, if not crude, terms:
I have no idea why coaches and GMs insist on lying about this crap. It is such a tired exercise. Everybody knows the Chiefs are trying to trade Albert and everyone knows that the Dolphins are interested. Furthermore, anyone who understands how NFL contracts work knows that there isn’t a snowball’s chance in in hell of the Dolphins trading for Albert without the former first-round pick agreeing to a long-term contract first. Albert is on a one-year, $9 million dollar contract with KC. It’d be lunacy for the Dolphins to trade a high draft pick for a player they had no guarantee of retaining past next year.
There are also reports that not only can Albert negotiate with Miami, but that he plans to visit the team in the next couple of days.
Perhaps the talks with the Dolphins have fallen through and so the Chiefs are trying to do damage control. Perhaps they are just under the delusion that admitting that they are actively trying to trade Albert will somehow negatively effect them.
Whatever the reason, Reid is almost certainly lying through his teeth.
At this point, I’d be shocked if Branden Albert wasn’t a Miami Dolphin by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.