Dolphins, Branden Albert Talking Contract, According To Report

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week we told you that the Kansas City Chiefs had given the Miami Dolphins permission to negotiated with LT Branden Albert.

Now it appears those negotiations are taking place.

The report comes from Mike Jurecki of 910 AM Xtra Sports.

Not sure how credible this reporter is. This is the first time I’ve seen anything from him, though his tweet was retweeted by Evan Silva of RotoWorld and NBC Sports so that lends Jurecki some credibility in my eyes.

This report makes sense to me. The Dolphins are clearly interested in Albert and the Chiefs wouldn’t have given Miami permission to talk to Albert if there wasn’t a decent offer on the table. Miami, in turn, wouldn’t be negotiating with Albert if they didn’t think they could strike a deal with the former first-round pick. KC let Miami know about how much Albert was looking for, according to previous reports.

Now all that needs to happen is for Albert’s agent to work out a contract with the Dolphins. If the two sides agree to terms, Albert will take a physical and in all likelihood, the Dolphins will send the Chiefs a second-rounder.

The Chiefs were reportedly looking for a high second-round pick. Miami has two selections in that round, the highest being #42 overall. Miami’s other second-rounder is #54.

If the trade goes through and the Chiefs do get the high second-round pick, KC’s draft will look like this:

1, (34) Alex Smith , 42, 63, 96, 99, 134, 170, 204, 207

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  • BoiseChiefPotato

    Hopefully Stephenson is ready to play RT. If not its going to be the B. Richardson all over again.

    • Maverik256

      Hopefully nick is right and we can get two tackles for the price of one

      • BoiseChiefPotato

        Yeah, after the Herm era I am more satisfied with using higher picks on OL then anything else. You can never have too good of a front five.

    • KCMikeG

      I still have hope for FA Andre Smith. I also think Stephenson could surprise us too. He was a monster at OK ST 103 knock down blocks and held his own last year while adding 22 pounds from 285# to 307# another offseason of NFL speed development, technique fine tuning, strength and conditioning will have him performing at a high level at RT. I believe there will be a competition worth watching closely with Schwartz in camp. Nobody could be as bad as BR….

      • Eric Exton

        We are probably waiting for Albert to leave to grab A Smith ive predicting that scenario

      • BoiseChiefPotato

        Haha true. The guard positions should be interesting too. I wonder if they’ll move JA to the lg position or keep him on the right. It just needs to be September already!

        • KCMikeG

          Thinking Schwartz will end up at LG. Fisher, Schwartz, Hudson, Asamoah & Andre Smith or Stephenson.

      • dominicscarlatti

        Agree with all this, and Jeff Allen is possibly in the mix, as well.

  • Maverik256

    Get er done like the 34 th pick already…joeckel fisher (starting to change my mind towards fisher after further review) or trade with first…fill holes 42-134… Hope for something special 170-207

    • KCMikeG

      Funny I had done the same drift to Fisher but have moved back toward Joeckel mainly due the strength level of competition that weighs heavily towards Luke.

  • Nick

    By trading Albert, getting the pick, and freeing up the associated cap space, the Chiefs may be in play for a free agent RT that is currently still on the market at a bargain price because most of the FA money is already spent.

    • Larry

      Depending on who is that RT?

      • tysonclabort

        Tyson clabo

        • larry

          Depending on why he is there in the first place. I mean why they didn’t pick him up already instead of the players they did pick up.

  • Nick

    I would also love to see a trade out of the first pick…just make sure to get one of the top 3 guys. 2 picks in rounds 2 and 3 this year could set you up for a long time with great depth. The 4th this year is really like a late 3rd with the loss of picks by some other teams.

    • KCMikeG

      It couldn’t get better than that. R&D will become legends before the seasons if they can pull off both trades, still get us a top LT and sign a FA RT ;-) like Andre Smith. The depth of talent in the 2nd & 3rd rounds we could acquire with 4 picks combined with a high #1 could launch us from the cellar to the mountain top at breakneck speed. Hold on to your seats CHIEFS FANS!!

  • chiefdeorty

    #42 Would be sweet, I hope it’s the earlier pick instead of the ladder. It would help with either good depth but more likely a starter.

  • berttheclock

    Good news. This ties in with both the report out of the Palm Beach Post and the Star saying Dorsey was letting the Dolphins speak with Albert’s agent. The Palm Beach Post report stated the major reason for Miami to work a long term contract with Albert. The reason is if they just traded for him with only the current franchise tag on him, it would put Miami over the cap. So, their long term contract will be structured in such a way to get both Albert and have him under the cap .
    Ironic that Ireland of the Dolphins couldn’t come to an agreement with Long because of a fear of Long’s back injury, but, now, is willing to take a chance on Albert’s back. Protecting Tannehill is becoming paramount. Last year, they took Jonathan Martin in the second round, but, he really is a RT. One of the main reasons I have wanted the Chiefs to bring in younger and healthier blood at LT is I understand how back injuries can keep flaring up when one gets older. Just because Albert passed his physical, so, he could sign his franchise tag does not mean he couldn’t have more problems next season. One of the main reasons the Chiefs had such a lack of success last season was due to the several injuries to the offensive line, to the point, at one time, the Chiefs had to use unbalanced lines and keep the TEs in to block. BTW, the Rams have not opened their wallets for Jake Long. They gave him a lower guaranteed and have clauses inserted which will protect them should his back stop his production.

    • KCMikeG

      Excellent post! Couldn’t have said it better!

  • berttheclock

    There is an article up from Pro Football Focus, where the writer thinks the Albert deal is really too conservative for the Chiefs. He argues that, either, Joeckel or Fisher might only be a slight improvement over Albert and the Chiefs would only save about $2 mill on the cap. What he fails to mention is the possibility the Chiefs could lock in Albert long term and, then, Albert’s back would go out. Where would that leave the Chiefs? Having put a couple of a Chiropractor’s children through college due to my back going south in my thirties, I know, once it goes, Good Luck, and, I was only playing a ton of pick up basketball at the LA Athletic Club. I still recall those looooooong very boring days of swmming for over a year in rehab and those heady B-ball days were over.

    • KCMikeG

      I just don’t see any other reason than his back for things to go this way. Even though he passed his physical now provides no insurance that it won’t flair up again. The upside/youth of any of the LT’s in the draft is obviously attractive but the not having had recurring back issues ending the season on IR and concerns with it for the future is the deal sealer.

      • KCinTX

        I don’t think it is about his back. Back issue can easily accrue with any of the NFL line men, Including newly draft players. A lot of linemen in the NFL have back issues. Case in point, not long ago we had a hall of fame left tackle. How did we get him? He had back issues and the Saints let him go. Albert just may not fit the mold Coach Read wants or needs in his west coast offence. As with all trades for draft picks, this could be the best move ever or a big mistake. All depends on how well Albert plays and how well the player we pick plays.

  • Adrian Morales

    We will regret it

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I sincerely doubt that. Fisher and Joeckel are both going to be really good LT’s in this league.

      • Jake

        Maybe they will be really good. But what will the Chiefs have actually gained in the end? Albert is a good player too. Even if Fisher and Joeckel end up being better players than Albert, the team itself only ends up being slightly improved. They won 2 games last year. They should be worried about replacing bad players with good players, not replacing good players with good players.

        For this trade to benefit the Chiefs in any significant way, either the quality of Albert’s play has to immediately start dropping or the player we get in round 2 has to be a big time difference maker.

        It’s just depressing that they have the #1 pick in the draft and the player they take isn’t going to significally improve the team from where they were last year. And he actually may not improve the team at all in 2013. Albert only gave up 1 sack in about 3/4ths of a season last year. Is a rookie going to step in and play at that level right off the bat? Hard to see that happening.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          They’ll have a young player they believe is durable and a better long-term option. It’s not ideal. I’d prefer we drafted Geno Smith, but I’ve come to terms with this. Clearly either Albert doesn’t fit Reid’s plans or they simply believe his back won’t hold up.

          I HATED both the Winston and Breaston cuts, but both of them are still currently on the unemployment line. I had to step back and give them more credit. There’s something to that.

          • Jake

            Not being ideal is the understatement of the century. But going back to the original subject, I think it’s far more likely we regret it than not.

            If we ship out Albert and draft an OT to replace him, we basically have to hope that player proves to be the best player in this entire draft. Because if anyone else we could have picked turns out to be a stud, and all we can say is “Well, we got younger and more durable and slightly better at left tackle”, how could we not regret it?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The benefits don’t end there. We also move $9.8 million off the books. That should net us another player with the dollar saved. It’s quite possible we end up with a new right tackle as well. Fisher, and, say Clabo for the price of one? Not so bad.

          • Larry

            And cheaper too. You left that out. Quit holding on to the past and get with today son.
            There are QB’s in every draft. Andy has made QB’s look good from the 2nd round up. We want a QB this year BC we can’t wait for it. People are in such a hurry. You need to sit back and watch the show.(Like smell the roses , in joy it, it only comes around once in a life time.)

          • tysonclabort

            you are trying to win…NOW. this guy at 1 can likely play at albert’s level, albert isn’t a freaking top 5 tackle, I don’t know when people decided to make him such. they also don’t pay a LT 10 mil w/ the top pick, that saves 5 mil dumping albert for a 2nd rd pick, you may say “who cares about cap room”, well for once, we do. the chiefs need that room, and can turn it into another player or two who will either start, or be huge additions at ILB and HB

        • Larry

          Well for starters the offensive line was the worse players on the team last. BC of the line not given the QB’s time in the pocket, the QB’s had to get the ball out earlier and end up with more interceptions, and they did not then there would of been more sacks. And maybe Albert is a good player, but he is asking to much. I don’t know about you but I think a player that is in it just for the money is a bad player too. (I seen players take a pay cut just to win) And just because we trade Albert for a 2nd rounder, I’m sure its not the only pick we pick up. And every pick we do pick up is only going to make the team stronger. And the K.C. Chiefs did pick up 2 or 3 new offensive linemen.
          Oh yeah, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

        • Larry Devore

          thank you kreskin.

    • Chief Hokie

      I think so too

  • Jim Harper

    Every time I log on I am hoping to see the deal is done. Getting closer and I disagree with Morales that we will regret it.

  • kmon

    Wont believe jacksh*t until its been confirmed by the chiefs or Albert

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Settle for nothing less than the higher of the two R2 picks, John. If they’re set on giving you the 54th pick, make them also give you an R5.

  • Chief Hokie

    How mad will you be if Albert ends up signing a 4 year 30 million dollar contract with Miami?

    • redchiefs

      He can’t sign anything yet, he doesn’t have permission to do the physical, if he goes that cheap, Chiefs can always offer a contract. But, I doubt they’d prevent the deal, and they’d pick up a 2nd round pick.

    • tysonclabort

      not at all. hes not paying the same taxes on that money. its completely different.

    • Larry

      Not all. He’s playing the bowe game with the holdout. Its clear he’s not here to win but to get payed. He’s only hurting the team not help it. So I kind of hope he doesn’t get his so called big deal, but gets off the KC Chiefs team. And then gets cut the next year and doesn’t get another job anywhere else BC of it.

  • sidibeke

    If KC pulls this off, they will have effectively used their first round pick on a QB, which is what many of us wanted all along…we just wanted a rookie QB. Instead they got the guy the thought was the best available QB, rookie or vet. In the process, they’ll have slipped ~10 spots in the 2nd round and gotten younger and hopefully healthier and better at the LT position. All in all, not bad.

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

      Yeah. I mean it isn’t the most value they could have gotten but it is an upgrade, if just a small one. Younger, maybe better tackle. Save a few bones. Better QB. The Draft is for getting better.

      • tysonclabort

        beats “reaching” on another player, say dion Jordan, and having a totally questionable player. a lot of people keep seeing this as trading albert and the 1 for joechel and a 2, I just think there is so much more to it, that its not fair to put it like that

    • tysonclabort

      and that LT is signed long term at a good deal for a top LT(if he pans out of course) and the QB is on a totally reasonable 2 year deal. they can also use that free room(5 mil total not the 9.8 is saved unfortunately) gets KC an ILB to start next to DJ, or a vet HB to go with it

  • sidibeke

    Let’s assume this deal happens. We get our 2nd round pick back and use #1 on LT. Where do go 2nd round? DE, WR, ILB, 2ary? And 3rd? Dare we go after a QB?

    • dominicscarlatti

      I think there may be some great picks there at ILB. I have no idea who Dorsey/Reid like at that position, however.

  • berttheclock

    One irony to this is the LT and a player from West Virginia aspect. The Chiefs did take a LT at 7 in the ’86 NFL draft and he was Brian Jozwiak, a LT from West Virginia. He played 3 years before wrecking his hip and had to retire.
    One trivia note. In the ’84 draft, the Chiefs took Mark Robinson, a DB from Penn State at 90. They left one John Dorsey, LB, for the Packers at 99. The next player taken was named Patrick Allen, DB from Utah State. Patrick Allen?????? Nah, couldn’t be.

  • berttheclock

    It looks as though the Chiefs even at 42 will be out of the running for Tank Carradine. In a private workout, he ran a 40 which would have placed him 9th at the combine. The Chiefs were in attendance at the workout, but, this could move him up into the latter part of the 1st round. Some say the Broncos might take hm to replace Dumerville.

  • Nick

    So now with the most recent reports out of Miami, that the trade won’t be getting done unless Albert lowers his asking price, maybe Albert realizes that he isn’t what he thought he was and teams aren’t willing to give a LT with injury concerns 8-9 million a year. Maybe the Chiefs ink him long term and then call the Dollhins back and offer the #1 for Miami’s #1 and first #2 for the rights to Joeckel or Fischer. Maybe we save a little on Albert and are able to sign a RT in FA, think Cincy’s Smith. Then we can really think BPA. And maybe just maybe Geno Smith falls right into our lap. Okay maybe that last part was a little far fetched. And I really want Margus Hunt if that is in round 2 or pick #1 in round 3.

  • ArrowFan

    What odds are there that we trade out of the #1 spot as well?

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