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Branden Albert Trade Rumors: Chiefs Haven't Heard From Dolphins In 5 Days


The Kansas City Chiefs have given the Miami Dolphins permission to negotiate with LT Branden Albert, however, according to a recent report from Pro Football Talk, the Chiefs haven’t heard from the Dolphins in five days.

From PFT:

We’ll now point out that the window is closing on a trade that would send Branden Albert from Kansas City to Miami.

While the physical isn’t as critical in Albert’s situation as it was for Revis, the physical still needs to happen before any draft pick is surrendered and used by the team trading the player.

As of Sunday, it had been at least five days since the Chiefs had heard from the Dolphins about a possible trade. Albert’s asking price on a long-term deal could be the problem.

If the Chiefs gave Miami permission to negotiate with Albert then presumably the two sides had a deal on the table both felt comfortable with. The thinking here is that if Miami can work out a deal with Albert for a long-term contract extension then the trade will go down.

But there have been recent reports that Albert may be asking for more than Miami is willing to pay. If that is the case, the Dolphins may punt and take their chances in the 2013 NFL Draft.

It is a bit disconcerting that the Chiefs haven’t heard from the Dolphins but I wouldn’t worry too much. At this point, the Chiefs probably know that either a trade will get done in time or it won’t and I am sure GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid have prepared for both outcomes.

The clock is ticking but we are still a few days away from the start of the draft. There is no guarantee that a deal will get done before the end of the first round on Thursday night. The Dolphins may wish to drag out the scenario so they can see what the Chiefs will do at No. 1 first. For instance, if Miami waits to pull the trigger on a deal for Albert, the Chiefs may decide to select a player at a position other than tackle. If that happens, Miami gets a little close to maybe being able to secure one of the top three tackles in the draft on their own. If the Dolphins can find a partner willing to let them move up to take either Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson for the same draft pick compensation that the Chiefs are asking for Albert, why wouldn’t they do it? Miami would be getting a younger and cheaper option at the position.

Still, everyone involved here is rolling the dice. The Chiefs are rolling the dice that they will be able to get a deal done. Albert is rolling the dice that the Dolphins or Chiefs will become desperate enough that they will give him the contract he is looking for and the Dolphins could be rolling the dice that they will be able to make something work on draft day.

Unless a trade gets done soon, however, someone is going to lose.

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  • Danny W

    I’d let Albert know if he can’t work out a deal with Miami that congratulations your Kansas City’s new right tackle.

    • Spencer

      meh, i would tell him fight for your job…and i bet he wins it

      • Chris Tarrants

        Exactly, if Albert stays it is going to make our line dominant! Let him and the new kid battle it out, either way we would have solid bookends to keep smith on his feet and help Charles run wild

    • Stacy D. Smith

      It’s silly to force him to play a position he’s never played and doesn’t want to play. Especially when you have a guy on the roster already who can play the position. In fact, they have two (Allen & Schwartz).

      • redchiefs

        Yes, he should have to earn the job. Albert has the edge, Reid has stated several times he likes how Albert plays, so he has the edge. Also, being a vet, he’ll know the tricks pro players use on LTs. Albert is getting the typical agent slant at how this should go, but he signed the tender, his sitting out of voluntary workouts is working against his getting that long term deal, whether it’s with KC or any other NFL team.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          To earn the right tackle job? Again, why would he play right tackle for the Chiefs? He’s NEVER played that position.

          • Da Menace

            He played it in college…

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Negative, Ghostrider. He was a guard in college.

          • Da Menace

            That’s a big 10-4 Wolverine..memory is coming back now..lol

          • disqus_O6zAUZRif2

            he said out of his own mouth on nfl that he played rt in college as well as guard.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I just re-watched both interview segments and he didn’t say anything about having played right tackle at Virginia.

          • disqus_O6zAUZRif2

            he sucks!!!!!!! and if I were the chiefs I get him and his worthless attitude outta here, for like a 7th rounder.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Note to self: Don’t take this poster seriously anymore.

          • disqus_O6zAUZRif2

            considering I never said which interview, you jumped right to the conclusion of the last interview, and he did say on nfl radio that he played rt and guard. and maybe go back and watch a couple of his college games. thanks and bye now.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’m familiar with his college career. You, apparently, are not. Here’s the part where you produce the interview where he said he played right tackle in college. All the gray area in the world won’t help you here. The overwhelming majority of starts he made at Virginia were at left guard. I conceded that he made a few spot starts at left tackle. Whenever you’re ready, produce the evidence to substantiate your claim. Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

      • micah stephenson

        Stacy, u shud reconize the people that just b hating on Albert. It happens to b the same people that was sayin sign Albert to a long term deal 4 months ago. Now becus Albert wont move to RT and nogotiate a long term deal at RT money which is way less, he is a bum. Wow.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Just doesn’t make sense to me. We don’t have to draft a tackle, we could take Lotulelei, Jordan, or Ansah. Albert should stay on the left side no matter what happens.

      • dominicscarlatti

        Agree 100%. A new OT can also slide over to ORT. If BA stays, leave him where he is comfortable.

      • disqus_O6zAUZRif2

        HE ACTUALY PLAYED RIGHT TACKLE IN COLLEGE. JUST FYI.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Branden Albert played left guard at Virginia. I believe he may have made a few spot starts at left tackle during his collegiate career, but left guard was his collegiate position.

    • William Campbell

      Agreed.. he can either play the position or not get paid

      • micah stephenson

        Sinse he signed his tender he is geting paid no matter where he play at!

        • William Campbell

          As on if you want to play you play right end or holdout and don’t get paid..

  • Tyler Alexander

    The Chiefs have to tell Albert flat out that he will play RT if no deal can be made and tell the Dolphins they have til the Wednesday night to get a deal done or they’re out. If you wait longer u give Miami leverage by forcing our hand in the first round. Keep Albert draft Fisher, trade Albert draft Joeckel and sign Atlanta’s RT or Andre Smith.

    • Chris Tarrants

      Why make Albert play RT? Make them both fight for it, may the better man win!

      • Tyler Alexander

        Have you never been in a negotiation before? Albert is demanding more than anyone is willing to give him which he will continue to do whether he is traded or not. You have to find a persons pressure point and squeeze. Being labeled bad for team moral by refusing to play or actually playing RT will both hurt future earnings if he hits free agency next yr. Everyone and everything is subject to what the market will bare and his salary demands are not realistic considering the market for rookie and free agents tackles. Sounds simple enough to me…

        • Chris Tarrants

          If he doesn’t get traded then he WILL play for kc this year. You don’t make him play Rt out of spite! The better man plays left tackle, that’s simply what’s good for the team!

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Professional football teams should never conduct business like scorned ex-girlfriends. He’s a left tackle. If he stays, he should play left tackle.

          • Tyler Alexander

            If he would sign for what he’s worth we wouldn’t have to draft a tackle Stacy! Can you guarantee he won’t go Vincent Jackson and refuse to play? What do you think would have happened if DJ or Hali had refused to switch positions? Like you said, Albert switched to LT when he got to the NFL. Wheres the entitlement come from? Why should they let a 1 yr guy play LT and play the #1 pick in the draft out of position who will be here the next 5?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            We were probably going to draft a tackle anyway because that’s going to be one of the best ways to get value out of the 1.1 pick.

            Hali and Johnson moved due to scheme changes. Neither of them were opposed. That’s an entirely different situation.

            No one HAS to play out of position. We have two players that can play right tackle. We can also draft Dion Jordan or Ziggy Ansah.

        • dominicscarlatti

          The situation between BA and team is already strained. Why exacerbate it by forcing him to play a new position? Those kinds of personnel issues should never be dictated by contract negotiations. Maybe BA has been excessively whiny, but on the other hand, he’s been a solid pro and good teammate through last season. If he’s staying, it’s important to repair the relationship so that both he and the team can move forward in a constructive manner.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Why would you force him to play right tackle when you already have players on the roster who can play that position? We don’t HAVE to take Joeckel or Fisher. We could just as easily take Dion Jordan.

    • William Campbell

      Let them get thru the first round. After kc the eagles and Arizona have taken joekel fisher and Johnson. Then dangle him in front of them and say hey remember when we wanted multiple pick? Give them up or tannehill is a deadman this year

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.messina.75 Thomas Messina

    A very big wind about little. I am sure much to the anguish of Albert fans, he has a bad back. Stud LTs in the NFL either do not have that problem or hide it, Albert has not and wants a big contract (out of respect?) to boot.
    Unless there is a fire sale, Albert plays in KC this year and wanders the wastelands of free agency the next.

    • cd3382

      Exactly…

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Not surprising since we’ve also heard reports that his asking price is too high for Miami’s taste.

    • William Campbell

      I just read a couple of reports that Miami is willing to pay him but kc is holding it up because Arizona is in the mix also. Don’t know how true this is

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

    He’s making 9mil this season if he stays with us, we need to get our monies worth.

    • William Campbell

      He stays under the tag and we will have to free up room to sign draft picks.. who is expandable more than Albert?

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

        I agree IDEALLY we should trade him, – I’m all for it. I think he has been filled with crazy ideas by his agent and is way out of whack on his own worth. I was simply stating that if we are going to end up paying him, (if a trade doesn’t get done) we need to use him and not pay him 9mil to sit on the bench. Get out there and prove why you’re a part of this team.

        • William Campbell

          Maybe I’m biased as the owner and operater of my own concrete company.. there is no way in hell I would ever let anybody tell me were they will work. Fire them on the spot and fight unemployment on grounds of insubordination

  • drtold

    The Chiefs should as for Miami’s #1 pick, lol, how could it hurt?

  • Brody Hall

    Keep Albert and draft fisher… Ur not in round two anymore but oh well. Then in round three where there will still be talent u draft twice.

  • Gene Wisdom

    Give Albert a contract, and trade down, and then draft the best player.

    • toperspective

      Albert wants a ridiculous amount of money. The Dolphins were apparently shocked at his request. That’s why they haven’t heard from the Dolphins. Chiefs are going to be stuck with him in 2013

  • ArrowFan

    If a deal does go down it will happen before we pick #1. I’m sure that once the draft starts the price goes up. At least that’s the dead line I would have put on a deal.

  • GDL40

    KC already lost this one !!!! Gonna be stuck with him this year, at a high price, will hit free agency next year and we will get nothing for him…… and thnks to the alex smith deal, we dnt have a 2nd round pick.