The Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins will resume trade talks today in an attempt to sent LT Branden Albert to Miami.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said he spoke with Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland midway through the first round and they agreed to speak again Friday, before the second and third rounds.
We’ll see what happens,” Dorsey said. “That’s kind of where we’re at.”
The Chiefs chose a potential replacement for Albert in Eric Fisher, choosing the offensive tackle out of Central Michigan over Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick.
Trade talks were put on hold last evening so both teams could see how the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft played out. The Dolphins were perhaps hoping that one of the top three tackles would fall to them.
The run on tackles started early. The Chiefs selected Central Michigan LT Eric Fisher and the Jacksonville Jaguars quickly followed up by taking Texas A&M LT Luke Joeckel at No. 2.
Then the always unpredictable Oakland Raiders were on the clock. Instead of picking, however, Oakland traded their pick to the Dolphins. In return, Miami gave Oakland their early second-round pick (No. 42 overall), which was believed to be the pick the Chiefs wanted in return for Albert.
When the trade was announced, everyone in Radio City Music Hall and most of the analysts on TV, thought that Miami was trading up to take LT Lane Johnson out of Oklahoma. Considering that the first two picks took the top two tackles off the board, it really did seem like Miami decided that if they could get the third-best tackle for the same draft pick compensation that they would lose to acquire Albert, that they were going to do it.
Only much to everyone’s surprise, Maimi didn’t take Johnson. They selected DE Dion Jordan, instead.
Chiefs Gm John Dorsey said he is not sure if he would have made that deal.
“Would I make that trade if it was offered to me? I don’t know,” Dorsey said. “That’s an unknown. Until something happens, I really don’t know.”
Dorsey has to be disappointed that Miami traded away the 42nd pick. Chances are, Lane Johnson was never part of Miami’s plans. If he was, he’d be in Miami right now instead of Jordan. My guess is that the Dolphins wanted to see if one of the top two tackles slipped within reach and when they didn’t, Miami went for the guy they thought was the best pass rusher on the board.
While the Chiefs may not like that the 42nd pick is off the table, Miami’s move up in the first round could give the Chiefs the leverage they need to get Miami’s other second-round pick (No. 54). Miami did nothing to solve their issues at tackle last night and considering five tackles were taken in the first round, it is hard to see the Dolphins getting a tackle equally as talented as Alber in the rest of the draft.
It will be interesting to see what happens now. The Dolphins could continue to be stubborn and offer up less than a second-round pick. Then again, the Chiefs could dig in their heels and demand more of the Dolphins than they had before. Now that Miami only has the 54th pick to offer, I could see John Dorsey asking for an additional late-round pick or a mid-round pick in 2014.
Stay tuned to AA as we will keep you up to date on all the trade rumors leading up to tonight.