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Dolphins interested in trade for Chiefs OT Branden Albert

4/17/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Branden Albert to keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. But as we near next week’s NFL draft, it is looking more and more likely that Branden Albert’s time in Kansas City is up.
 
The Kansas City Chiefs have been actively shopping Branden Albert on the trade market and now they’ve garnered interest from the Miami Dolphins, multiple reports confirmed this week.
 
The Miami Dolphins seem like a natural trade partner for the Kansas City Chiefs’ Branden Albert. Following the departure of starting left tackle Jake Long to St. Louis Rams during free agency, the Miami Dolphins have been looking to fill the void on their offensive line.
 
Meanwhile the Kansas City Chiefs have been exploring all options to recoup some of the lost draft picks they gave up in the trade for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith last month. While the Kansas City Chiefs could trade down from the No.1 overall spot to gain multiple picks, another option could be satisfying that need through the trading Branden Albert. The Kansas City Chiefs have been looking to execute a deal near the draft date and are reportedly demanding a high second-rounder in exchange.
 
The Miami Dolphins hold two second-round picks – at No. 42 and No. 54. But it remains to be seen Miami Dolphins are willing to part with the No.42 pick, though at this point the No.54 pick may well be the best offer they receive.
 
The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly aiming for an offensive tackle with their No.1 overall pick and whoever gets drafted could land the right tackle job next season. Branden Albert is not happy with the idea of moving for a rookie tackle. The six-year veteran Branden Albert is determined not to report for offseason activities until his future with the franchise is sorted out. Hence, Branden Albert did not report for the Kansas City Cheifs’ voluntary minicamp this week.
 
The Miami Dolphins will probably also want to get the deal done prior to the NFL draft since Branden Albert has faced back issues during his career and they’d likely want to administer a few medical tests before moving forward with the trade.
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