Chiefs, Dolphins Trade Rumors: Branden Albert Needs To Lower Is Asking Price

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The Kansas City Chiefs have given the Miami Dolphins permission to negotiate with LT Branden Albert so that the two teams can facilitate a trade but according to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, no deal will go through unless Albert lowers his asking price.

From Cole:

This is only going to happen if the price on Albert – particularly the $8 million-$9 million a year it’s believed he’s seeking in a long-term deal – comes down significantly. Albert is a franchise player, which comes with a one-year, $9.8 million base. Kansas City would love to get a second-round pick for him, clearing the way for the Chiefs to take Luke Joeckel at No. 1 overall and then get another player rather than take Joeckel and then lose Albert to free agency after the season. The problem for the Chiefs is that this move is actually counterintuitive for the Dolphins, who already let Jake Long leave for less than what Albert is looking to make. While Long has a longer laundry list of injuries (knee, elbow, biceps, back), Albert has also dealt with a back problem. To overpay for Albert and give up a second-round pick to get him would be pretty questionable for the Dolphins. Then again, the idea of having Jonathan Martin at left tackle could force the Dolphins to panic.

This isn’t any new information. The deal was always going to hinge on Miami and KC working out a deal and it was always probably going to involve Albert giving in just a bit. But Cole has a point. The Dolphins let Long go because he was asking for too much money.

Still, it has been reported that the Dolphins are aware of how much money Albert is looking for. If Miami is negotiating with the LT, then they must believe they have at least a shot of getting something done.

The fact of the matter is, it is going to be very, very hard for the Dolphins to guarantee that they can get one of the top tackles in the draft. At the same time, this is Albert’s best chance to get a sizable, long-term contract. If the deal with the Dolphins falls through, Albert will likely have to play the 2013 season for the Chiefs under the franchise tag. That would be a big risk for Albert. Should he injure himself or play poorly, his long-term security could be out the window.

If Albert’s camp is wise, they’ll work out reasonable deal with the Dolphins, even if it means coming down a couple of million.

If the deal does fall through, it will be interesting to see what the Chiefs decide to do at No. 1. Will they still snag a LT, thinking that Albert is bound to leave next season, or will they opt to take another position and hope they can massage their cap number in 2013 to re-sign Albert for 2014 and beyond?

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  • Calchiefsfan

    So now it’s clear why the Chirfs haven’t been able to work something out with Albert. As much as I like Albert 8-9 million is a bit unrealistic, especially given what the other FA LTs have been paid this year. Also the fact that the draft is deep with tackles. I wish Albert well and hope Miami gives him what he wants. If not, I’m sure Reid/Dorsey would pay him $7-7.5 mil/year for the next 4 years.

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

      It would be interesting if BA came down enough that the Chiefs could afford to re-sign him. I’d bet KC would still take a tackle though, and put them on the right side.

      • Calchiefsfan

        $7 mil is awfully high for a right tackle. I’m still holding out on the hope that we are able to trade our #1 pick. Then things would get interesting.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Just reread your reply. You meant put the rookie on the right side. Exactly my thoughts, if we don’t trade out. Now that would be an offensive line to get excited about. Maybe draft Barrett Jones in the 3rd if he’s still available for quality depth at G/C. Then Reid could turn the offense loose.

  • redchiefs

    What is the cap hit if they outright release him? Can they save the 9.8mil?

    If they cut him are they still out the 9.8mil?

    • Nick

      He signed the tender, we are on the hook for all 9.8 unless we sign him to a deal. I say sign him, and offer the #1 to Miami for their #1 and first #2.

      • Nick

        Then maybe at 12 we could trade back with the Falcons or Vikings or Rams if they want to move up and stack more picks.

        • http://www.facebook.com/erika.motley.3 Erika Groth

          Sounds like a hell of a plan to me

      • cyberry

        I’m sure that’s been discussed already.. Chiefs are probably asking for a 2nd and 3rd..plus the #12 pick..we will see draft day. I’ve brought this up a couple of times..remember Sherman (Miami’s OC)..recruited Joekel out of high school. I think Joekel must have really impressed Reid on his workout.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Mayes/1706876815 Robert Mayes

    If Albert needs to lower his asking price, then why doesn’t he just do it and stay in KC? I’d love to keep him for less. And who knows? Maybe that would make everyone else more uncertain as to our draft strategy. Perhaps someone would want to jump for a trade… (Other than for Branden Albert).

    • Jason Seibel

      At this point I don’t think he probably wants to stay in KC. He’s been pretty whiny through this whole process.

      • Darkwolf1414

        How has Albert been whiny? He has clearly stated that he wants to stay in KC. He merely wants Reid and Dorsey to talk to him about their long term plans, regarding him on the team. They have not done that. I love how the players voice their feelings but dipsticks, like you, come along and act like YOU obviously know how they REALLY feel. Yeah, I’m gonna believe Albert about his feelings on the matter over you.

        Last offseason, despite Bowe’s comments to the contrary, a lot of
        people were saying he wanted out of KC. He just wanted money and didn’t care about the fans, he only cared about The Bowe Show, etc, etc. When he finally reported to camp last year he said, “Of course I want to stay in Kansas City. I mean it’s a no brainer for me. This is where I started. This is where I’m known (to be) from.” Well, this offseason he signed a long term deal, didn’t he? If he wanted out so badly, like people like you said, then why did he stay? The hiring of Reid and Dorsey are not a guarantee of winning games or more personal success. Bowe said how he felt, played out his situation and got to stay where he wanted to play. I’m sure that all those numbskulls were right, though. Bowe didn’t want to stay in KC he just ended up doing it for shits and giggles.

        Someone will be willing to pay most players the amount the player wants. Why should the player not have the right to seek the higher paycheck? I know I have always worked for the company that was willing to pay me the most. Loyalty works both ways. If someone wants to pay me more and my current boss says I’m not worth that then he
        must not respect me very much. If your boss doesn’t think you’re worth market value then either you really are a lazy bum or you need to go someplace where they value your skills. If Albert has to play this season under the Franchise Tag then he’ll get good money, as a FA, next offseason.

        • Bizoza

          Bowe just got paid, and paid a huge amount. That is why he stayed in KC. Albert is doing exactly the same, he is complaining about not wanting a bunch of money, but respect, and by respect he means getting paid a bunch of money. He also expects to get everything exactly how he wants it as far as where he plays, and isn’t willing to change position to help the team out. He wants to play left tackle because the salary is higher in that position than any other OL position. The dipstick in this situation here is you, for buying into the PR garbage that he is throwing out there to make himself look like the victim in this whole situation.

          • Darkwolf1414

            If Bowe wanted to walk he could have and gotten the same money somewhere else. He wanted to stay in KC. I didn’t say Albert was a victim. I said he has the right to seek the highest paycheck he can get. Business is about money. Asking (or telling) a guy who has always played LT in the NFL (and played the position well) to switch to RT in a contract year is a slap in the face. It’s not that hard to understand.

        • Jason Seibel

          What are you…his brother? Why are attacking me?

          • Darkwolf1414

            I don’t have to be his brother to listen to the interviews he has given. I’m not so much attacking you as the statements you make suggesting you know what the player is thinking more than he does.

      • Larry Devore

        then shove him on the right side and tell him to stop whining

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

        Yeah I don’t think Albert has ben whiney. He sad he wants to be a Chief but he wants to know what is going on. I wouldn’t go workout and risk getting hurt either, if I was him. If he shows up to workouts ad blows out his knee, he’s finished. He could lose millions of dollars. Dude wont be able to play forever. He is just doing what is best for him and waiting to see how this all plays out. Any one of us would do the same things. The Chiefs will look out for the Chiefs and Albert will look out for Albert. It isn’t personal, its business.

        • Jason Seibel

          He is under contract yet he is the only player not attending team activities. I get that they’re voluntary but still. He has said on NFL Network he will not attend any team activities until he has clarity. Here’s your clarity. You’ve been franchised and are a member of this team until you’re not. I think he’s being whiney. But I guess that’s just me.

          • Darkwolf1414

            When NFL AM asked if he would skip mandatory team activities he kind of didn’t give a straight answer. I think he’s torn between keeping his negotiating leverage by not showing up and doing what he thinks is right. That’s all speculation on my part, though. I apologize for calling you a dipstick before. I was having one of those days.

          • Jason Seibel

            Apology accepted. Thanks. I’m sorry for giving the impression I was speaking on his feelings instead of giving my opinion of the situation.

          • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

            Agree

        • Jamie Denton

          Patrick I think the whining part that Jason might be referring to is where BA refuses to be a TEAM PLAYER and play any position he is needed! I don’t think there is another offensive lineman or other position on the Chiefs right now that if asked to would not switch positions to better THE TEAM! Even draft pick Eric Fisher said today on NBC Pro Football Focus that the Chiefs asked him if he would be willing to play RT and he said yes! While BA made his stance a public one saying and basically refusing to play anywhere but LT for the Chiefs! That cannot look good to the new regime or to his team mates who are doing their best to put into place a winning team and atmosphere! What’s the old saying “One bad apple spoils the whole bunch”. I sure wouldn’t want that attitude wearing off on the team or our new rookies coming in!

    • Donkeyhater

      That is what I have been thinking. Seems like the only reason he’s being shopped is his asking price, so maybe if he finds out other teams think the same thing he would just take KC’s offer. At this point tho that looks pretty remote, especially with the Chiefs being set on Joeckel (or Fisher?) as the best player in the draft. Only way I see a chance is if they can trade down for a decent return and decide to take a different position with the first pick.

    • William Campbell

      He lives in Miami from what I understand.. would be easier for Miami to negotiate a lower contract than kc

      • Darkwolf1414

        That’s what everyone was saying about Bowe last offseason. “Oh, he’s from Miami so he wants to go to Miami.” Albert has said, just as Bowe did, he wants to stay in KC.

        • William Campbell

          Difference is Bowe lives in kc year around Albert doesn’t. His home is in miami. He is more liable to give the phins a discount than kc. He isn’t worth 8-9 a year plus how would we sign them draft picks? Something has to give and seeing how he refuses to move around this line, from a buisness standpoint… shut up and do your job or we will find someone else who is cheaper and could be better (fisher I hope).

          • Darkwolf1414

            I’m pretty sure Bowe goes back down to Miami for most of the offseason. Whether Albert gives the phins a discount over the Chiefs depends on if he really wants to be a Chief. I think Albert is worth more than Long, who signed with the Rams. Albert has been healthier, allowed fewer sacks and, if you watch some tape, he’s a pretty good run blocker.
            He kind of has shut up by deleting his Twitter account. He gave an interview to NFL AM and stated how he felt but he’s been pretty quiet. I guess most of the “talking” people notice is him not being at voluntary team activities. As it is, the Chiefs are on the hook for his Franchise Tag if they can’t get a trade done. They can’t dump Albert and replace him with Fisher straight up.

          • William Campbell

            The talking is about him telling his bosses were he will play on the line. Also if he is so great how come we couldn’t get a better price for him? And why won’t the dolphins give him what he want like you seem to want us to do? Let him be Miami’s problem and draft his replacement. Earn your spot and he hasn’t done that with this regime. I say good riddance

          • Darkwolf1414

            The Dolphins are known for being cheap. That is why they won’t offer him more money. The Chiefs want him for as little as they can get him for. It’s the dance NFL teams and players do EVERY offseason. The teams lowball the players and the players try to get as much as they can. I find it interesting that people seem to think every time a player wants a payday that he’s the jerk and the organization is somehow the good guy. It’s a business and both sides are always trying to get the biggest advantage they can.

          • William Campbell

            There are reports the dolphins will pay if one of the top three tackles don’t fall to them at 12.. I personally don’t see the two kc don’t pick making it past Arizona and San Diego. IMO the Albert trade is eminent

    • redchiefs

      Who is Albert’s agent? Seems he’s doing the big guy a disservice. BA wants a long term deal, so split the difference between what his starting request, the Chiefs original offer, and here’s probably a price. It’s also how he’ll be a starter at LT in Miami. I’m not sure he can beat out any of the top 3 tackles in the draft for the LT spot in KC.

      • Darkwolf1414

        I seem to remember hearing that Albert and Bowe have the same agent. If it was an open competition the rookies would not beat Albert out at LT.

  • Jason Seibel

    Like I’ve said before, he thinks he’s worth more than he is. Hopefully he has a smart agent.

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

      You know, in most years, I think he could get exactly what he is looking for. The problem is, it is a buyer’s market for tackles this year because of the talent in the draft. He is just saying, “look, I am proven. So pay me.” May work out for him or it may not. That is the risk he is taking.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I wonder how far apart the two sides are?

  • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

    If we have to keep BA then he plays RT. draft luc and make him the left tackle. Simple. For 9.8 mil he better play where told. I know he is a better above average LT, but as you all been saying, this is a buisness and has to be run by Dorsey that way. He is probably getting 6.5 mil a year offer from Fins. Let the draft be over before Micah call for us to draft Geno…………..:)

    • shayaan

      little chance joeckel beats out albert for the LT spot in what would likely be an open competition.

      • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

        BA rank 15 best LT last year. Believe me luc or Fisher can play day one. There is no competition when u draft a LT number 1

        • steve james

          I think you should read more in depth, he was ranked #6 in some areas. I think it comes down to three things. His back, Reid’s scheme, and money.

          • troy utt

            Overall-BA has never been ranked inside the top 10 as a lineman or more specifically at LT…and that is what everyone is basing their argument on.

          • steve james

            An article on the daily fix yesterday had him at 6.

        • Darkwolf1414

          They may be able to play day one but if Albert is still on the team he would beat them out as LT.

          • dominicscarlatti

            I think you’re correct, Robert. In that scenario, the new guy could play ORT, leaving BA where he is comfortable and prefers to play. I don’t think Reid sees much difference between OLT and ORT, anyway.

  • redchiefs

    I’ve been saying for several days, right now, since he signed his tender he needs to show up at the facility and prove he’s the starting LT on the team. He needs to work out, get to know the coaches, and learn the new offense. He’s damn lucky he’s going to make 9.85mil for one season. He’ll have to prove he’s worthy the asking price he thinks he’s worth, and prove he can stay healthy a whole season if he wants that big contract from any NFL team. Personally, I’m not sure he can beat out any of those 3 tackles at the top of the draft, and apparently John Dorsey isn’t either. They extended a courtesy for one year, if he wants to stay, and play LT, he will have to compete and prove he’s worthy.

    • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

      Agree

    • Darkwolf1414

      First of all, he has been pretty healthy during his career considering what those guys go through on a daily basis. Secondly, I have no doubt he is a better LT than the top 3 because he’s done in in the league, whereas the rookies have not. Third, they didn’t extend any courtesy! Dorsey’s actions look like they tagged him just to unload him to the highest bidder. That’s not a courtesy. That’s using him to gain as much as you can from him being under the Franchise Tag. I’m not saying it’s wrong. It’s a part of the business. But I guarandamntee you it wasn’t any courtesy.

  • Danny W

    Albert obviously has an inflated sense of self worth. I just hope they get a deal done soon so he’s gone. I don’t want a troubled guy in our locker room this year.

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

      He might have an inflated sense of self worth but at the same time, NFL teams will lowball you any chance they get. If the dude can squeeze a couple more million out of his career for his retirement, I can’t fault him for that.

  • steve james

    All this back and forth hits home. Just gave up on an offer we put out on a home. It was very close but we had to stay true to what we said it was worth to us and not let emotion get the best of us. Same thing in a lot of ways here.

    • dominicscarlatti

      You might make for a very good poker player!

    • berttheclock

      Having just had our sale go south due to an overly aggressive first time buyer with a long Honey Do list which he thought would cause us to lower our price, I have experienced the other side of “deal making”. Until that money is in the bank, as the late great Fats Waller used to say, “One never knows, do one”.

      • steve james

        I here you I have come to find out our local market has not experienced the ups or downs. Therefore our homes are more expensive than I would have thought. Ireally want to build but the wife is scared of biteing off to much and all the work involved even in a turnkey house.

  • Paulmatthew22

    Just trade up Miami and get a solid rookie OT,.We need to plan for the future(next 5 yrs) and we dont need a “maybe/lazy” OT signed for 4 yrs at 30 or so million,.,.This is a very “cheap” draft to move up in.

  • Paulmatthew22

    Dolphins just need to make the playoffs this yr,.Next yr we can talk Superbowl,.Stay the course,.We already signed enough guys in FA,.We dont want to be “strapped” in 3yrs when these rookies’ contracts come up

  • Bosco Cletus

    Albert lives in Miami, a slam dunk, he should just lower his price and enjoy life. Good luck to him!

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

    Duh. Silly Albert, 9mil/year is not for FA LTs this year – lower your price and good luck.

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