Chiefs on Branden Albert trade: Talks with Dolphins back On
Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey confirmed on Wednesday that trade talks that had ceased between the two sides last week, intensified on the eve of the 2013 NFL draft. He also said that the main hold up in the signing-off to the trade right now appears be the compensation. John Dorsey did not mention what the Kansas City Chiefs are looking for in a trade right now but all indications are they could be targeting at least a second-round pick as part of the deal.
The Miami Dolphins have two second round picks (42nd and 54th) that could be used in trade negotiations for Branden Albert.
Then there’s the matter of Branden Albert’s contract. Currently, Branden Albert is signed to a one-year $9.8 million franchise tender. But the 28-year-old has not reported to the Kansas City Chiefs’ voluntary minicamps in hopes of gaining a clearer picture of his role with the team, and forcing a long-term contract. If the Miami Dolphins hope to pull the trigger on this trade, it will become necessary to get such a long-term deal done, although its’ unclear if Branden Albert’s demands will be met. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Branden Albert is looking for a deal that will pay him roughly $9.0 million a year.
Moreover, Branden Albert missed three games last season due to persistent back issues. Although the second-round doesn’t get under way before Friday, the Miami Dolphins would surely want to bring in Branden Albert to have him undergo a physical. That could add some pressure to get the deal done within a tight time-frame.
However, John Dorsey insisted that the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t set to trade Branden Albert and could be exploring “exploring all opportunities” before taking any final steps.
The Miami Dolphins could also wait until Thursday to see how the top 10 picks unfold before getting down to the trade for Branden Albert. The Kansas City Chiefs, who have the top overall pick, aren’t the only ones who are interested in taking either left tackle in the draft – with Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) or Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M) being named as the likeliest choices. If Miami Dolphins can’t move up in the draft to take the top offensive tackle of their choice, then they could quickly go down with the Branden Albert trade.