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Chiefs Give Dolphins Permission To Negotiate With Branden Albert

The Kansas City Chiefs have given the Miami Dolphins permission to negotiate with LT Branden Albert, signaling a trade between the two teams is on the horizon.

The report comes from John Clayton of ESPN:

The Kansas City Chiefs have given the Miami Dolphins permission to talk to left tackle Branden Albert to help facilitate a trade for a second-round choice, a source said.

Albert, who lives in Miami, is expected to visit the Dolphins’ facility in the next couple of days for a physical. His agent, Ron Slaven, has received permission by the Chiefs to talk contract with the Dolphins, but no other team.

Even though he signed his franchise tender, worth $9.82 million for 2013, Albert has skipped the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason program. Albert has said he wants a long-term deal, and then took to Twitter to express his disapproval with the notion he might move to the right side.

This likely means that the Dolphins and Chiefs have already come to an agreement on compensation for Albert. All that needs to happen now is Albert agreeing to a long-term deal with his new team.

Albert is signed by the Chiefs to a one-year franchise tender. That means Albert is due over $9 million this season. For the Dolphins to pull the trigger on the trade, they need Albert to agree to a long-term contract with Miami first.

This means a trade is almost certain to go down, unless of course the Dolphins won’t pay Albert the amount he is currently looking for. If Albert refuses to negotiate with the Dolphins or turns down their offer, he can force the Chiefs to pay him $9 million for this season or to search for another trade partner.

For Albert, it would be best to get a long-term deal. If Miami is willing to pay him, then you can consider Albert gone.

As for the Chiefs, they are reportedly at least looking for a high second-round draft pick in next week’s draft. The Dolphins have two second-round picks to deal.

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  • redchiefs

    Anyone else holding their breath? It’s been an incredible ride this offseason, and it’s picking up speed as the draft draws near. GO CHIEFS!

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

      You like the trade?

      • Jason Seibel

        If we’re dead set on Joeckel or Fisher I’m good with it. Would like at least Miami’s first 2nd rnd pick.

        • Jim Harper

          I agree Jason. The ugly truth is that so much has been said mostly on Albert’s part that he is now a distraction and a detriment to the success of the team.

      • ArrowFan

        We are swapping a potential A+ unproven LT for a proven A- one. The way I see it is we have a greater potential to lose than to win. Also we will be generously under the cap again. I do like the idea of a 2nd round pick. It would make me feel better if we can pick up another FA LT. Who is still out there?

        • Danny W

          I’d say he’s a B- one really.

          • redchiefs

            BA is better than a B-, I’d give him a solid B+.

          • Chief Hokie

            Giving up one sack in 12 games is barely better than average to you?

      • Ron White

        I like it only for the extra pick(s) and the savings for Cap space. Cap space savings is more important for the next couple of years as we must retain some talent and have the room to do so. This move helps to accommodate that need.

      • redchiefs

        Yes, I think it’s the best for both the Chiefs and BA. BA is on record he won’t show up for voluntary workouts without the long term commitment. If that was the case, why did he sign the franchise tender? The man signed a commitment to 9.82mil for one years work, but isn’t in camp learning the new offense. His new HC has a 70% winning percentage, is a repeated division champ and been to conference championships, why would you not show up and prove to R&D that you’re worthy the long term deal and, frankly, there’s no way the rookie could ever beat you out for the LT position?

        Also, like Ron White said, we pick up extra picks, save a bunch on the cap too.

        • micah stephenson

          Noone said that wen D.Bowe did that last yr.

          • redchiefs

            I give Bowe a pass as, I think, he didn’t sign his tender until camp. I also give him the pass as he’s a lot harder to replace than BA is. I believe Bowe has some rare skills. We’ve seen him take over a game with over 200+ yards receiving, has eliminated his drops, continues to break tackles, and has become an excellent blocker, proving himself as a complete receiver. Bowe, in my opinion is an excellent receiver, potentially even better than that.

          • dominicscarlatti

            He will be even better this season, barring injury, with a QB that can actually hit him in stride. His YAC number may be quite impressive this season.

          • KCMikeG

            Not true Micah. I and many other fans were pissed when he didn’t show up for camp especially after he said he would be there.

          • Jim Harper

            Bowe had not yet signed his tender and we were not undergoing a complete change in coaching and GM. Big difference.

        • David Fritch

          Well said. For all those reasons I really hope this trade happens! If not I really hope he gets knocked down a few pegs and signs long term with us and we draft D.Jordan.

        • dominicscarlatti

          This will be a nice move for BA, as he makes his off-season home in Miami. No offense to KC, where I grew up, but I hear Miami isn’t the worst place in the world to live…

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    I predict KC settles for their 2nd 2nd and one of their 5ths. I really want the 42. If they draft Joeckel, signed Schwartz and possibly Clabo. Which OL is on the hot seat??

  • http://twitter.com/Syn82 Syn

    The way I see this trade is we lose Albert but gain a 2nd plus with the freed up capspace, you have the opportunity to sign Clabo at RT. This, coupled with drafting Joeckle/Fisher plus already having Schwartz signed vastly improves our line, and reduces the fear I have of all three first picks the Chiefs make being OL, so I’m good with this.

  • http://twitter.com/derekcass Derek Duderstadt

    I like this – however, we need to be particularly careful with the picks we do have/potential picks. Let’s get that 2nd rounder from Miami and try and maneuver some other picks to get back into the late 1st for another quality key player.

    • Brody Hall

      There will still be quality when we draft in round two and even three. Let’s jot go to crazy lol

      • http://twitter.com/derekcass Derek Duderstadt

        Very true, I would like to see us be able to get back into the late 1st to grab a QB. I do understand that once you get to early 2nd round and on…everyone seems about the same level. lol

      • http://twitter.com/derekcass Derek Duderstadt

        Especially this draft.