The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that they are open and fielding trade offers for offensive tackle Brandon Albert. The Chiefs have the first pick in the draft where it is presumed they will take OT Luke Joechel. In the days before free agency, the Chiefs slapped Albert with their franchise tag. Handing him a 9 million dollar one year paycheck. Shortly after the announcement that they were open to trading him, Albert signed his franchise tender.
It should be noted that a player can not be traded until he has actually signed his tender. The Dolphins of course lost their own OT Jake Long to the St. Louis Rams and when Jeff Ireland was asked by members of the media at today’s owners meetings, he neither denied or acknowledged to be currently in talks with the Chiefs about Albert.
In order for a trade to happen, the Dolphins would first need to get Albert to agree to a new deal and then agree upon compensation with the Chiefs. While nothing is actually imminent, it is worthy of watching out for the possibility of it. The Dolphins still have around 19 million dollars in cap space and can also sign Randy Starks to a long term deal reducing his 8 million guarantee this season, as well as re-doing deals with Richard Marshall and Dimitri Patterson.
In addition, the Dolphins are rumored to be talking with Osi Umenyiora as well as possible remaining interest in RT Eric Winston. The Dolphins are not supposedly interested in DE Elvis Dummerville.