Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) walks to the locker room after the San Diego Chargers beat the Chiefs 31-13 at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
After Albert signed his franchise tender about a month ago for KC there was already speculation that he may be on the trading block.
One of the front runners to get Albert was the Dolphins. It makes sense, to replace Jake Long (who signed with the Rams) with another very good left tackle. He was having a great season until sidelined by injuries.
The Chiefs asking price for Albert is a second round pick in this years draft, and a later pick in next years draft( a 5th or 6th rounder). This is a trade that Miami could easily pull off, having two picks in the second round this year in the draft.
But one big element in getting Albert is that the Dolphins would also get his 9.75 million cap hit. The Dolphins have already done most of their spending this offseason and that number seems way too high. For a player who is only under contract for this year, and coming off injury? The Dolphins should pass.
The Dolphins have already picked up their fair share of star players this offseason and now it is time to build through the draft. This draft is very linemen heavy, Miami could easily draft a solid left, or right tackle (depending on how they feel with Jonathan Martin).
If they draft someone, they would have them under contract for at least three years, and their salary would be somewhere around 2 million. That is a little more then half then what Albert would cost for a single year.
Joe Philbin wanted to bring his method over from Green Bay, which was to get better from the draft. Free Agents are good, but tend to be very expensive and don’t always work out. The Dolphins signed all these big free agent names because they had so many wholes. Now they can focus on drafting the best player available to help this team get better.
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