Report: Dolphins Not Willing To Part With Second-Round Pick For Chiefs’ Branden Albert

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According to the Palm Beach Post, the Miami Dolphins are not willing to give up a second-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for LT Branden Albert.

From the Post, via Twitter:


This just doesn’t make any sense to me. If the Dolphins are willing to pay Albert over $9 million a year, how could they not think he is worth a second-round pick? Remember, Miami, if they pay Albert that much, will be paying him more than Jake Long wanted, and Long was a guy Miami took with the No. 1 overall pick.

I am sure Miami’s deal with Albert will be backloaded so that if Albert doesn’t perform or gets injured, the franchise can get out from under a bulk of the money. Still, the Dolphins wouldn’t be sailing in these waters in the first place if they didn’t think they needed a top flight tackle. Further, if Miami thought they could get said tackle in the second round, or even in the first, they wouldn’t be pursuing Albert.

This sounds to me like a last minute power play by the Dolphins to try to get Chiefs GM John Dorsey to settle for a third-round pick.

The Chiefs hold the first pick of the third round (as well as a compensatory pick at the end of the third round that they can not trade) so if KC were to accept Miami’s third-rounder, the Chiefs would have the ammo to move up into the second round using the two picks if they wanted to. But in a draft that is considered very deep, with a lot of value in the second and third rounds, the Chiefs might want to avoid going that route.

If the Dolphins keep playing chicken with the Chiefs right up until the draft starts tonight, this could backfire on them. If the Chiefs like a defensive player and think they are going to be stuck with Albert, the Chiefs could take that player, thus officially taking the Albert trade off the table. If the Chiefs don’t take a tackle at No. 1, it is hard to see them dealing Albert. KC may have a plan to either sign Albert to a long-term deal next offseason or they may just resign themselves to the fact that Albert may leave in free agency next offseason and that tackle will be a hole the team will have to fill later.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • steve james

    Fisher is the answer. Miami will loose and they will clean house at the end of the year.

    • sidibeke

      Idea being to move Fisher to RT and keep Albert at LT?

      • steve james

        Yep Fisher said he would play RT. It is funny reading fin fans comments saying how they have all the leverage. I really believe Dorsey will draft the BPA regardless of what goes down with BA. That takes all leverage away from the fins IMHO. He is just getting value for BA now. The fin fans think he is only worth a third. Why would we let him go for that when you know if he walks next year some team will more than likely have to comp us a third for him then & we get him playing his a** off for a contract next year?

    • cd3382

      I agree…Fisher does seem to have more upside and I think he would fit in perfectly with our current O-Line we have. Even if we do get stuck with BA, I’m sure Fisher won’t mind playing the right side for the mean time.

  • Larry Devore

    what a bunch of pansies. no wonder the fins are in the toilet all the time, always wanting something for nothing. Now that you know what Albert wants, give him the same deal and still draft a tackle.

    • troy utt

      That’s kind of the issue… he wants top 5 money! Well in excess of $8mil per season! I like BA but he has never graded out even in the top 10… The numbers just don’t work, keep him on the tender if we are forced to and put the newbie at RT… As others have stated, with a winning season under his belt maybe that will change his tune! Not to mention all of the teams that will have filled their need for that spot… That should help to reduce the asking price!

  • Adrian Morales

    Ok good we get to keep branen albert thats what i want this way we take fisher who i think is better than joeckel

  • Jared Watson

    I see bluff written all over this and I call Miami out on it. Like you said Patrick, you can’t pay Albert 9 mil and not think he’s worth a second rounder. That’s like expecting to mix water with oil.

  • kmon

    I don’t get it? MIA is acting like a bunch of school girls

  • stephan costa

    Like ive been saying,the fins will be scraping whats left of Tannyhill off the turf by week 3, and Ireland will be looking for a new job by years end

  • UtahChiefan

    Pioli this morning said that if he were picking for the Chiefs, he would draft Joekel. Looks like we are drafting Fisher then. LOL

    • Bigtexjayhawk

      Also if he was MIA he wouldnt gv up the pick and pay him. He seemed to think the back may be an issue

      • Spencer

        it was reported they were close to a deal by the end of the season (Albert and Pioli)…

  • Don Quijote

    It will be over soon. No more speculation. Lets keep BA and draft Luke for RT. next year restructure Tamba contract. Another mis handling by Pioli.

  • michael carey

    KC wants the 42nd pick, Miami wants the Chiefs to take a third round….going out on a limb, but I bet the Chiefs get the 54th pick (Miami’s second pick in the second round) and everybody claims to be the winner

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I wouldn’t agree to taking their #54 unless they packaged it with a late rounder.

      • sidibeke


      • Michael Shaw


      • KCMikeG

        Or a 3rd next year.

  • scomstock55

    keep albert AND draft fisher….with a winning season and a trip to the playoffs, albert’s attitude will change…he will want to stay and we will be set…fisher can play RT for a couple years…

  • Ryan Jackson

    Miami has the upper hand on this one. Chiefs don’t want the 9mill going against cap space plus that need that 2nd round pick back. But if miami not willing to give up a 2nd then take the 3rd

    • toperspective

      No. What are the chances the 3rd round pick will contribute? Keep BA for a year. The Chiefs aren’t in cap hell.

    • Chris Tarrants

      Dumbest thing I have read so far today ^ ! So we trade our 1st round left tackle who allowed one sack last year for a third round pick? Put down the pipe son because surely your stoned

      • calciomoti

        Cmon man, he ain’t stoned, stoners make more sense than that dumb shit…it’s crack our meth.

        Give ba the contract Miami alleged is offering, draft Fisher, and play them both. And then laugh as Miami realizes they are completely fucked!

    • ArrowFan

      We can afford Albert’s tag and we don’t really need a 2 round pick, so why again do we not have the upper hand.

    • ArrowFan

      Also we get a 3rd anyway when we loose Albert to free agency eventually.

  • chiefdeorty

    I say screw the fins lets keep BA and take a LT. This will cost the fins much more in the short term and maybe in the long term as well. Because if Tanneyhill gets hurt or doe’s not have time to make the correct reads. Oh well it was your oun penny pinchin choice that cost the GM his job.

  • chiefridgy

    F Miami! Keep Albert draft fisher and let’s play ball!

    • oldchiefsfan

      ^^^^This. Best plan on this I’ve heard. I agree completely

    • toperspective

      Absolutely agree. Fisher is willing to play RT for a year. Let’s do it.

    • Chris Tarrants

      Better yet, draft fisher and work out a long term deal with Albert and have a dominant oline so that smith can shine and Charles can run wild into whichever hole he wants to

      • sidibeke

        I think given the cap situation, that seems like a necessity.

        • ArrowFan

          Sorry last I check there was nothing wrong with be close or at the cap limit. I do realize that it has been a long time for us in KC put it is ok to be close to the cap.

          • sidibeke

            Had read here on AA that we didn’t have enough room to sign all of our draft selections with the cap as it stands. Don’t know that for sure and perhaps I had that wrong.

          • Danny W

            We would probably have to cut Rick Stanzi et al. but oh well.

          • chiefridgy

            Not pretty Ricky!

          • KCMikeG

            I think the reality of the market will make Albert more realistic about a more reasonable long term contract with us. Get it done and we are beast mode on our OL! Albert, Schwartz, Hudson, Asamoah & Fisher – LOVE IT!

          • sidibeke

            Hell of a line, isn’t. And with Donaldson and Allen and the fact that Schwartz can play RT, Fisher can play either T or G, huge flexibility. And there isn’t a Barry Richardson in the bunch.

          • KCMikeG

            Many had mentioned that our OL would be a concern – Not! I see a huge year for Charles, Bowe & McCluster! It will be hard to find a fan left complaining about what we gave for Alex Smith with those weapons and that impressive protection.

  • ArrowFan

    The GM playoffs are underway. I don’t believe for one second that Albert is worth the $$ but not the 2rd pick. At this point I’m all for just keeping Albert and giving him the deal Miami was, or paying the tag and getting a 3rd comp pick in 2015 for loosing him next year.

  • ArrowFan

    I do think it is ironic that the year Long was taken before we could get him I wanted us to take him badly. Instead we got Albert. Now who is the better LT?

    • Michael Shaw

      Yup, pretty funny!!!

  • Priest4Prez

    Man, screw Miami. Keep Albert; we can handle a tag for one year; if all else fails pull back from the trade and see if the Cardinals will jive. If Albert’s going to cry over wanting to be in Miami, then he can take that 9 mill and buy himself a pet Dolphin and practice blocking for it all year while he sits. This has gone past buisness, people are just crying now

  • Brody Hall

    Maybe since they whould be paying so much they fell they should not haft to give that much up… I personaly think they are trying a last ditch effort to string arm kc. Screw em and draft fisher and put him at RT as we see how Albert pans out over this season. Then if his back goes out again move fisher over :)

  • redchiefs

    Whatever Miami, we’ll keep Albert, draft Fisher, and you get to watch your QB get squished all season long.

  • t_tyrance

    How are they ok with paying him all that money but not ok with giving up a sec. Round pick for him?

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Fair enough. John Dorsey should stand his ground. Wait and see how tonight plays out. If Miami can’t get their tackle tonight, they may be more reasonable tomorrow.

  • KCPauly

    shut your pukey little mouths Miami, do your told or piss off, and but some spatulas to scrape Tannekill from the turf, you morons…..GO CHIEFS!!!!

    • Michael Shaw

      Me thinks you are either stoned or drunk!!???

      • Danny W

        Does one have to be either? Can’t one be both?

        • steve james

          Can’t say I disagree with his sentiment though.

          • KCPauly

            sorry got fat finger on some of my shit talkin’…hate it when that happens….wish I was one of the two though(drunk or stoned) lol….GO CHIEFS!!!!

    • d-block

      You tell ‘em Pauly!

    • UtahChiefan

      That’s right. Whatever you said.

  • oldchiefsfan

    Ok I have to ask I realize I should know but with the Big Deal being made about having to trade BA to the Dolphins are the Chiefs in that much trouble with the cap?

    • ArrowFan

      No we are not contrary to what is popular we can afford our draft and to pay Albert’s Tag.

      • oldchiefsfan

        That was the impression I was under so we can tell Miami to piss up a rope and we can keep BA or they can give us what we want for him. They need him more than we do. It seems like Miami thinks they have us over a barrel here when actually they don’t have much bargaining power. I am liking the idea of just keeping him to spite them. Let’s see what they say after the top 3 LTs are gone before they pick and now we want a 2nd and maybe another pick later in the draft. Or they could let Tannehill run for his life all season.

        • ArrowFan

          I’m on board with paying Albert what Miami had agreed to. I think two things have been accomplished so far by Dorsey. One we now know what Albert’s market value is. Two he can take any player he wants still with the first pick.

  • Don Quijote

    PFT reporting according to Chief source we will pick Fisher. I can live with that. Let him play RT.

  • Danny W

    If I’m Dorsey I’m on the phone to San Diego, Detroit, Arizona, Chicago etc etc to see if I can’t get a deal done with them. If we end up having to keep Albert oh well he’s really solid. I think he would be an outstanding right tackle but if he thinks he needs to be on the left side. Maybe when he sees the market isn’t that high for him he will change his mind.

  • d-block

    From what I am hearing it looks like we are leaning more towards Fisher now. That’s good because I’d rather wear a Fisher jersey than a Jokell one. Go CHIEFS!

  • d-block

    What if we slid Albert back over to LG and plug our #1 pick in at LT? Wouldn’t that make running to the left and screen plays to that side much easier? Wishful thinking probably.

  • Jim Harper

    Miami is posturing because they want to give up #54 and not #42. I say go ahead and sweat them out. Hang tough Dorsey!
    Albert will have to have a great year if he wants to get what he wants next year.

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