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Chiefs, Dolphins trade talks for Branden Albert cool down?

4/21/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

By Sunday there were reports that imminent trade for Branden Albert hit some cold tracks. But talks are still ongoing between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins.
 
The two teams have been reportedly immersed in trade talks regarding Branden Albert for weeks now. Last week, the Kansas City Chiefs allowed the Miami Dolphins to contact the left tackle. However, there is no word yet on the talks heading in a clear direction.
 
Yet multiple reports claim the trade may not go down if Branden Albert keeps up his current salary demand with the Miami Dolphins. The Kansas City Chiefs’ potential trade partners want Branden Albert, who is signed to one-year franchise tender worth $9.82 million, to agree to a long-term contract extension with the Miami Dolphins.
 
But Branden Albert is demanding between $8 million to $9 million, which the Miami Dolphins consider a too expensive package to acquire Branden Albert. The Miami Dolphins passed on the opportunity to re-sign left tackle Jake Long this offseason after he demanded over $9 million to remain with the team. He eventually latched on to the St. Louis Rams. Plus the Kansas City Chiefs are looking to be compensated with a one of the Miami Dolphins’ two second round pick in exchange, so the Miami dolphins could be looking elsewhere for a left tackle. Then again the idea of Jonathan Martin at left tackle would probably scare the Miami Dolphins straight into executing the trade deal.
 
While the Kansas City Chiefs seem to favor the No.42 pick, they could settled for the Miami Dolphins’ No.54 pick as well to get back into the second round after offering theirs to the San Francisco 49ers in trade for quarterback Alex Smith last month. At the moment, it won’t be surprising if trade talks extend up to the second day of the NFL 2013 draft.
 
However, if a trade does not fall through, it will be interesting to see if the Kansas City Chiefs desire to acquire a top Left tackle with their No.1 pick. Or will they opt to use it for another position and
 
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 following the 2013 season. Or will the Kansas City Chiefs opt to take hope they can massage their cap number in 2013 to re-sign Albert to a new deal for 2014 after he becomes an unrestricted free agent following next season?
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