The Dolphins have had serious talks with the Kansas City Chiefs about a potential trade for left tackle Branden Albert, according to a source. The Chiefs want a second-round pick in return, and Miami has two second-round picks in next week’s NFL Draft.
Albert signed his franchise tag tender for $9.8 million, but he and the Dolphins could agree to a long-term deal if a trade is agreed upon. Albert has started the past five seasons for the Chiefs and was ranked 25th among all tackles by Pro Football Focus last season. The Chiefs also have spoken to other teams about Albert.
Miami continues to look for a tackle after losing Jake Long to St. Louis.
This isn’t the first time the Dolphins name has surfaced in regards to acquiring Albert. Arrowhead Addict wrote about talks being reported surrounding a possible deal between Miami and Kansas City as far back as late March.
But the question in this whole matter is what the Dolphins would give up and what the Chiefs would deem as a respectable return on Albert. The Dolphins currently hold two second round picks thanks to the Vontae Davis trade with the Indianapolis Colts last season, and the Chiefs want one of those two. Logic would suggest that the Chiefs would want the higher of the two picks, but at this point they’d be crazy to not settle for either.
Running back Jamaal Charles hasn’t been used a lot by the Chiefs as a receiver over the years. He did catch 45 passes in 2010, but that’s his career high.
Given the way Reid uses his backs, as prolific receivers out of the backfield, Charles can probably count on breaking his personal best for pass receptions this year.
“I’m happy I can catch out of the backfield more,’’ Charles said. “This is the most movement I’ve been (asked to do) in five years in the league, shifting and motion. This is the most I’ve ever (done). I have to get my mind right and my body in shape for this type of offense.’’
That partner may very well be the Miami Dolphins. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Dolphins have inquired with the Chiefs about dealing for Albert. The Chiefs are supposedly seeking a high second round pick for Albert in order to trade him. The Dolphins have the 11th and 24th picks in the second round (No. 42 and No. 54 overall) and a hole at left tackle since Jake Long left in free agency to sign with the St. Louis Rams.
If the Chiefs know they will be picking a left tackle in next week’s draft, moving Albert now would seem to be a prudent move if they can get close to the compensation they are seeking. If Albert is no longer going to be a part of the team going forward, getting something in return of value would appear to be the right move to make.