October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) points as he gets ready to block against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Interested In Acquiring Branden Albert?


 

Earlier tonight, Ian Rappaport of NFL.com sent the “Twitter” universe abuzz when he said that he has heard the Miami Dolphins are indeed interested in acquiring Kansas Chiefs LT Branden Albert.  The question he posed was KC willing to accept the Dolphins second 2nd round pick.  Number 54.

You can read more on this on Fansided.com and an earlier article written on ArrowheadAddict on this subject here.

A trade for Albert would put to rest any talk of a Dolphins trade up in next weeks draft to take Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, or Lane Johnson.  It would also short them a 2nd round pick.  That wouldn’t be bad for a starting veteran left tackle but Albert isn’t exactly a stellar left tackle.

For starters, he is franchised.  Meaning the Dolphins would have to pay him 8-9 million dollars for one season and would have to ink him to a long term deal.  One that reportedly will come in around the same amount on a yearly base.  That’s an expensive price tag for a guy who hasn’t made the Pro-Bowl and likely won’t.

In addition, consider that he has been a Chief since coming into the league.  Hasn’t made the Pro-Bowl, was franchised, refused to move to the right side of the line, all so that K.C. could draft his replacement, presumably, with the first overall pick in next weeks draft.  Does that sound like a great left tackle to you?

For the record, I’m not against making a trade for the guy despite the fact that he will be costly, Dawn Aponte the Dolphins cap executive can work wonders with a players salary, nor am I worried that he will fail as our left tackle.  I don’t see the value in trading a 2nd round pick for the guy.

The Chiefs may believe him to be worth a 2nd rounder but let’s face a clear fact here.  They don’t have anyone knocking their doors down to get this guy.  Lack of interest pits no one against each other and the price tag falls.  Complicating matters more is the fact that after next Thursday evening, if he is still on the roster, the Chiefs will have to either trade out of the top spot and address another position, address another position with the number 1 slot, or draft either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher.  They either keep Albert at LT or watch his value in a trade dissolve.

The Dolphins need a left tackle but they have more options than what the Chiefs do.  They can trade up for a LT in the draft, something that will cost them a pick or two extra but will save them a considerable amount of cash in the next four to five years, or they can move Jonathan Martin to LT and add a RT.

The Dolphins hold the cards right now and if I were Jeff Ireland, I would be holding the card that has a late third rounder on it.  I hold the card that may have a 4th rounder and a players name on it.  What I’m not holding is a card that has a 2nd round draft pick on it.  If the Chiefs don’t want to deal, then don’t deal.  Let them find another suitor who will eat 8 to 9 million a season and give up a draft pick.

And for some reason right about now, I’m wondering if the number 54 pick will be sent to K.C.

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  • kidjoker1991

    Would be ok heard he could be great in the zone blocking scheme. Also gives us more of a chance to get a star defensive player or an offensive weapon. We may also be able to trade down picking up a second or third round pick as if we never lost our second rounder in the trade for albert. Ireland has his head on straight keep up the good work. #Dolphins #ireland&aponte #philbin.

  • http://deofmovestofca.blogspot.com/ Deof Movestofca

    Assuming they’re not convinced that Martin is not the LT of the future, I’m leaning towards trading up and giving up a draft choice (possibly two) over making the trade and taking on the extra cap hit. About the only thing that would change my mind is if he agreed to a long-term, but the ‘Phins can dump him if he doesn’t perform type of deal, but I don’t think that that is likely.

  • gofins60

    I hope that Miami doesn’t waste money by trading for Albert. He’s probably not worth 8-9 million per year, and there’s no guarantee that he’ll be a good fit for this offense. Get a decent LT in the draft, but there’s no need to trade up for a top Tackle.

  • Jcartwright67

    Oh thank God! Now, we can talk about Albert for the next week or so instead of trade up/down scenarios. I think we beat this to death end of February beginning of March. Instead of signing a Pro Bowl LT (Jake Long) to a little more money than Albert, who knows our WCO, and was drafted by Ireland/Parcells, we now give up a second round pick and pay a guy not as good as Long almost the same salary. I just don’t see it. It makes no sense. Oh, and sign Albert to a long term contract.