Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Only Offered Chiefs A Third-Round Pick For Branden Albert

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Miami Dolphins only ever offered the Kansas City Chiefs a third-round draft pick for LT Branden Albert.

By now, everyone knows the story. The Chiefs were planning to draft LT Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. As such, GM John Dorsey began exploring trade possibilities for Albert. Albert reportedly wants top dollar and to play LT, something the Chiefs likely figured they could avoid by taking Fisher and moving him into Albert’s old spot. By trading Albert, the Chiefs would have gained and extra draft pick, as well as some salary cap relief, as Fisher’s contract would be less than Albert’s.

The Chiefs were reportedly looking for a second-round pick for Albert. The Miami Dolphins seemed to be the ideal trade partner. MIami has two second-round picks and a need a LT.

Only the trade never happened. Miami traded up in the first round of the draft, using their early second-round pick to make the move happen. It was then thought the Chiefs might accept Miami’s other second-round pic, No. 54 overall, for Albert. Yet the scone round came and went without a trade ever being completed.

There were reports that the Dolphins were willing to deal the 54th pick and so when they didn’t do it, most assumed the Chiefs wanted more.

Now, Raporport is reporting that the Dolphins never offered either of their second-round picks for Albert.

From NFL.com:

The source said the Dolphins only offered a third-round pick for Albert, not the 54th overall pick in the second round as previously thought. The Chiefs wouldn’t budge in their asking price.

Signing Albert to a long-term contract could prove difficult for Kansas City. Albert has been vocal in his wish to remain at left tackle, an unlikelihood after the Chiefs used the first overall pick to select Eric Fisher.

All I can say if this is true is good for John Dorsey. Branden Albert is worth, at the very least, a second-round draft pick. It would have been absolutely crazy for the Chiefs to move Albert for less.

So now what happens?

You would think that after taking Fisher so high, the Chiefs will want him to step into the LT role right away. Then again, Albert has gone on the record as saying he only wants to play LT. I am not sure how the Chiefs can get a long-term deal done with Albert unless Albert changes his mind about playing RT or if the Chiefs feel comfortable using the No. 1 overall pick at RT.

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  • Jim Harper

    However this plays out I knew in my heart that Miami was the culprit on some level. Way to go Dorsey! I have every confidence that R&D will figure this out. I would sooner cheap sell Albert to the Cardinals than allow the Dolphins get their hands on him. For all I know the Dolphins were trying to screw us for signing Smith away from them.

    • chiefridgy

      Stupid marsupials

      • http://www.facebook.com/genemyuk Gene Yuknis

        marsupials are normally found in australia

        • chiefridgy

          Stupid chiefs fan ;-) I meant to say: stupid marine mammals.

  • Dr. Paine

    Oh well, who cares where you’re first pick lines up if he’s helping to protect the QB and open holes for our all-world tailback? Andy Reid even went on record saying he didn’t give a crap where any of his lineman are on the line, he puts the 5 best guys out there and let it roll!

    A third rounder for a consensus top 10 left tackle? Don’t insult us. I’m pretty excited to see us BODY people on the line all game!

  • Donkeyhater

    Thank God. I don’t think I even want them to talk to the Dolphins about trading him anymore. Unless they give up a first. We’re better off keeping him at least this year.

    It’s not a great situation for us but the Dolphins are a lot worse off than we are for it. And they are the ones who wouldn’t give up close to fair value for him, not like the Chiefs were being unreasonable. Now this sets a precedent for other teams that we won’t put up with bs, so put up or shut up.

  • Danny W

    Ireland is an absolute idiot. It would have been a smart move to to give a second especially the bottom one for Albert. They still haven’t brought in a tackle. I’d say once Tannehill turns into David Carr Ireland will find himself right along side Scott Pioli on the NFL network.

    • Dr. Paine

      Thank you. I was miffed at the thought of even giving up a second rounder for him, but I was thinking the high 2nd as the floor and ABSOLUTELY NOT for the 54th pick. I wasn’t impressed with whoever was there

      • Danny W

        Either way a third is for him is an insult. It’s like offering a guy ten grand for a six figure home. Are you kidding me? That’s dumb.

  • Jared Watson

    Quick question and quite possibly a dumb question. When a tackle switches from the left side to the right side does it affect their productivity at all? I would think that Albert (and any LT for that matter) would be so used to the techniques, footing, and body position of the left side that moving to the right side would perhaps be difficult or require an acclimation period. How would the level of play be affected?

    • redchiefs

      It shouldn’t affect Albert, he played RG in college, so he knows the how to change his footwork for the right side. Fisher has said he’d play RT. I don’t know if he’s played on the right side before. Hearing Reid say he doesn’t care where they play, it’s the best 5 guys. I imagine Albert would believe that he’ll get to stay at LT, but if Reid chooses the best 5, and his OC and Line coach think Albert should move, then Albert should be prepared to move. I still think that while Albert is a pretty good LT, he’s probably a perennial pro bowler and potential HOF guard.

      • Dr. Paine

        That LG spot is in serious flux. The thought of Fisher and Albert lining up on the same side is terrifying…for everyone else!

      • Jared Watson

        Thanks. It will be interesting to see how the tackle positions play out. I’m not so sure about Stephenson at RT.

      • Justin R Groth

        That’s true but it was five years ago. I don’t know how much that would affect him but I would think he would perform best at the position he has worked on the most as a pro.

  • Daniel Alvarado

    Good job on not budging!!! pioli would of panicked and traded him for that fb we just got haha

  • GDL40

    Sign him long term !!!!!! ….. put your work in Dorsey. !!!! …… Fisher already said he dsnt mind playing RT …. so THERE … sign Albert long term, and play Fisher at RT ! … we would have a great chance at competing . If u say it dsnt make sense to play Fisher at RT bc hes a first round pick, well, Albert was a 1st round pick too so lets do this !

    • http://twitter.com/tantrim Tom Antrim

      Why don’t the Chiefs kiss his butt and give him what he wants!!! I would make him play RT or set him on the bench.

  • NicholasAlanClayton

    If he walks next offseason then we will almost certainly get a compensatory 3rd-round pick anyway. Honestly, that may be the best outcome at this point. Remember that money is an issue here as well. The average NFL team is spending about $7-8 million on all four of their offensive tackles combined (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/interactive/2013/jan/30/nfl-salaries-team-position#denver-broncos,washington-redskins). Albert is getting $9.8 million this year and wants $7-8 million annually as a part of a long-term deal. Leaving aside the question of where he will start, if we sign a deal like that it will mean we are paying our tackles $13-15 million — more than 10% of the salary cap and a considerable amount of money for that position. Most teams get good production out of RT’s that they pay $1-2 million for. I say we find a veteran next year and take the 3rd-rounder.

    • dominicscarlatti

      I guess I’m not the only one here who ambles through the sports section (especially the ‘football’ aka ‘soccer’ part) of the venerable Manchester Guardian…nicely played, Nicholas!

      • NicholasAlanClayton

        I live abroad so I read them quite a lot, and at infographic they made on NFL salaries is killer.

    • Dr. Paine

      We’ve never had a QB to pay big for, so give some dough to the big boys up front for doing all the dirty work! Plus, what does the #1 overall contract getting now, like 4 mil per season? Are you willing to double down to 4 million for an absolute beast RT? I guess I miss our old offensive line too much

  • dominicscarlatti

    The best case scenario for the Chiefs, and BA, is to work out a multi-year deal and commit to utilizing Fisher at ORT. I don’t believe this is going to be as difficult as everyone wants to make it out to be. If we wind up paying BA 8 million a year and Fisher, at 5 million, is a success at ORT, then we’ll all forget about the relative cap numbers soon enough.

    If we retain BA, we may be set for our O-Line for the forseeable future.

  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    Here’s what we do. Sign Albert and trade fisher. Wonder what we could get for him

    • Dr. Paine

      Haha, so crazy it might work!!

  • berttheclock

    I believe Jeff Ireland is going to regret trying to emulate his boss, Stephen Ross, as a tough negotiator. Nothing wrong with being tough, but, bragging after the fact about how you got over on the other side, such as he did in regards to Reggie McKenzie of Oakland, will come back and bite him when trying to trade with others.
    What makes this more interesting is the report the 54 which he refused to give to KC was used on a tough defensive back from Boise State of whom doctors found out at the combine suffered from kidney damage caused, possibly, from drugs used to treat his high blood pressure. Will this shorten his NFL career? Who really knows, but, Ireland knew about the report and rolled the dice. Plus, he still does not have a LT.
    Now, the problem facing Dorsey is do you make a long term deal with Albert, who only wants to play LT and keep Fisher at RT, when,he really is a LT, or use the one year Franchise Tag to try to work trades with another team and move Fisher to LT?

  • berttheclock

    Why are so many posting to sign Albert long term forgetting his back problems? When, an athlete’s back, especially a lineman, starts causing the athlete to miss games, it does not bode well for the future. So, you sign him long term, then,his back goes out and he can’t play. What then? No other team would take him and the Chiefs are stuck with the money. Look at Gaithers who did not have a great work ethic in the first place. He had back problems with the Ravens and KC ended up with him. He, finally, got himself into shape, but, had a falling out wth both Haley and Muir. When, he arrived in San Diego, he put together an excellent string of 4 or 5 games. So, they signed him long term and his back went out the following year and, now, the Bolts are frantically trying to find a new LT.

  • dakotachief

    Im sure this has already been said, but…book-ending the tackles with hudson in the middle and scwartz at a guard, sounds like the making of an incredible line. shoot Matt Cassell may have even been able to throw behind that… never mind, no he couldn’t

    • dakotachief

      Dude i just thought about this…can you imagine what the tonnage would be in a two tight end set with one of our 15 fullbacks. Holy Cow! jamal Charels and dexter mccluster may look like middle schoolers compared to that beef.

      • berttheclock

        However, Reid has not used that in the past. At Philly, last year, he only had one FB on his roster. His backup TE was a FB/TE hybrid. I believe St Joe will become a contest for the FB who can pass block and catch passes out of the backfield the best. Sherman, who has just arrived, played a great deal of special teams and may have been brought in more for those skills than the ones he has shown at FB.

        • dakotachief

          Agreed…But maybe Andy is trying to re-invent himself as well. With an all world running back and the beef to block with a serviceable quarterback and serviceable receivers running the west coast dump and dink could be interesting. Almost the opposite of what Kelly will try to implement in philly. Ball control and eat the clock.

          • Dr. Paine

            Couldn’t agree more!! One of the grumblings from the Eagles fans who were giving us the insider perspective elucidated the fact that Reid paid much less attention to the defense in every fashion, and that he would keep the same 43 defense, thus jettisoning quality 34 players in light of their poor fit in said 43 scheme…

            Oh wait!! Andy Reid isn’t a moron after all and actually knows football. He keeps the 34 defense as built and brings in a D Coordinator who can (theoretically) use his inherited talent even more effectively than the prior regime with a more attacking 1 gap scheme, provided we got the corners to play bump and run, mack up, CHECK

            In a similar fashion, his arrival will show us what kind of existing offensive firepower we had here for quite a while but never had anybody (a quarterback) who could put it together.

            Jamaal Charles averages 5.8 yards per carry, 1st all time in NFL history. Our offensive line is built to maul and run block. He will be able to put 2 and 2 together

            As an aside, how does JC average 5.8 yards per carry in his career with the QB’s he had?? I don’t want to list them, it hurts too much

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’ve criticized Dorsey for two other trades where we didn’t get good value. I have to take my hat off here. Albert’s worth more than an R3. Kudos, John.

  • berttheclock

    Does anyone know whether Darryl Stonum has been signed as an UDFA? There were reports 4 days ago he had been signed by the Chiefs, however, he is not listed on the recent 13 player report. He has had major problems with mixing alcohol and driving which stopped him cold at Michigan. However, while, at Michigan, he was a very good returner, both in kickoffs and punts. If he has signed with the Chiefs and has his act together on off field drinking, then, it would make more sense in dumping Arenas for a special teams headhunter

    • Ron White

      Uh didn’t he play for Baylor? And by play mean occasionally ……

      • berttheclock

        After getting kicked off the Michigan team, he tried to transfer to Baylor as he was raised in Texas.

  • Da Menace

    I’m gonna send Ireland a case of generic toilet paper…it’s for cheap assholes!