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Report: Chiefs give Branden Albert permission to meet with Dolphins


With the Chiefs considering a trade that would send left tackle Branden Albert to Miami in exchange for one of the Dolphins’ second-round draft picks, Kansas City has taken a big step toward getting a deal done by giving Albert permission to meet with the Dolphins.

Albert signed his one-year, $9.8 million tender offer as the Chiefs’ franchise player, which means he’s under contract and only permitted to talk to other teams if the Chiefs grant him that permission. And according to John Clayton of ESPN, that’s exactly what has happened: The Chiefs have given the Dolphins permission to talk to Albert, who lives in Miami, and he is expected to visit the Dolphins’ facility and take a physical.

The Dolphins are the only team that has received permission from the Chiefs to talk to Albert. Any team that would trade for Albert would surely want him to agree to a long-term contract first, so this week’s visit will presumably include negotiations with Albert’s agent in addition to a physical.

A high second-round pick is reportedly the price tag the Chiefs have put on Albert. The Dolphins have two second-round picks, their own (No. 42 overall) and the Colts’ (No. 54 overall).

Miami wants to upgrade at left tackle after losing Jake Long to the Rams. The top three left tackles in this year’s draft (Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson) are all likely to be off the board before the Dolphins’ first-round pick, No. 12 overall, comes up. So if the Dolphins are going to make that upgrade, trading for Albert is probably a better bet than relying on a rookie.

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  1. dnelson21 says: Apr 18, 2013 12:04 PM

    C’mon Dolphins.. package those two 2nd’s with your first and the Jags will give you the 2nd overall to take Fisher.

  2. alecanthony says: Apr 18, 2013 12:05 PM

    Just trade up and draft Eric Fisher

  3. basexc9 says: Apr 18, 2013 12:05 PM

    Fully agree, but hope we give the later second rd pick. We suck at drafting in the 2nd rd anyway.

  4. riseabovecancer says: Apr 18, 2013 12:07 PM

    To go back on subject. Dont be surprise if the Dolphins end up sending more then just a 2nd round draft pick to the Chiefs to land Branden Albert.

  5. raiderufan says: Apr 18, 2013 12:14 PM

    So they let go of the 27 y/o LT they had for a 29 y/o LT that no one is convinced is a dead set LT….that will cost the same amount….on top of a 2nd round pick…

    Makes about as much sense as trading your LT worth a 2nd round pick so you can take a new one with the first overall pick.

  6. crtzinc says: Apr 18, 2013 12:17 PM

    If it cost the lower 2nd rounder plus it matches the Colts recent deal for OT Cherilus of 5 years 34 mil or less I would pull the trigger.

  7. shayeezy says: Apr 18, 2013 12:17 PM

    if albert is leaving KC because they aren’t offering him enough money, why would he go to a team that just let their LT go for the very same reason? and why would the dolphins pay him 7-8 million when they weren’t willing to pay jake long that much? they’re both coming off injuries. this whole situation makes zero sense.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 18, 2013 12:24 PM

    They can thank Pioli for creating this mess. He made a poor draft pick choice and he could have traded Albert at any time, now the team is left trading him at the most inopportune time of his entire career thus far. And I of course called it in advance when the selection was made. Easy mistake to spot. Pioli should have to return all of the money he took from the team and then some.

  9. nmking26 says: Apr 18, 2013 12:26 PM

    Albert gave up 1 sack last year.

    He has given up 5.5 sacks per year. Only 1 more than Joe Thomas.

    John Dorsey (chiefs GM) is going to trade him and use the highest pick in franchise history to draft his replacement.

    Is there any surprise the Chiefs havent won a playoff game in 20 years?

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Apr 18, 2013 12:28 PM

    Basically, it’s Vontae Davis for Branden Albert. Can we all live with that?

  11. ozymandias121 says: Apr 18, 2013 12:36 PM

    The Dream Team 2.0

  12. ziggysfish says: Apr 18, 2013 12:39 PM

    If Albert is the guy then just wait until KC takes Luke Joeckel off the board and then offer one of our 3rd picks. Miami has all the leverage now there is no other activity on Albert. KC would give him away for a bag of balls at that point. There is no rush i don’t want to be fleeced by KC again. Patience, patience Jeff. Watch how Ozzie waits for players to land to him. We can trade a third round pick 2 minutes after KC announces theirs.

  13. miamiron says: Apr 18, 2013 12:42 PM

    I’m starting to smell salary cap hell for next season if this goes through.

  14. kcstick says: Apr 18, 2013 12:42 PM

    As a chiefs fan I believe Brandon and Miami are a perfect fit…..*wink*

  15. riseabovecancer says: Apr 18, 2013 12:44 PM

    Going to be interesting…Who knows how this trade will go down…The Dolphins could do something stupid just like the Reggie Williams trade instead of sending the Chiefs all 7 of there draft picks. The Dolphins could easily send the Chiefs there 1st and 2nd round draft pick To make it a fair deal.

  16. rkt4mayor says: Apr 18, 2013 12:46 PM

    Andy Reid is smart.

    He is going to get a high 2nd round pick for an overrated malcontent.

    I wish Jeff Lurie wouldn’t have acted so rashly and fired Big Red.

    The Chiefs are going to surprise the league. They won’t overtake the Broncos but they should easily finish 2nd in the AFC West.

    My Eagles…It all depends on who starts at QB: Nick Foles would be the better choice but Chip Kelly may err and choose Ron Mexico to do what he does best: fumble and throw inexplicable interceptions in the red zone.

  17. robdolphins says: Apr 18, 2013 12:49 PM

    I prefer the trade for Albert over trading up in 1st round. Basic math: A trade up requires 2 or 3 picks for 1 player. Dolphins have too many needs to be giving multiple picks for 1 player.

  18. xpensivewinos says: Apr 18, 2013 12:51 PM

    Didn’t that idiot Ireland spend a second round pick last year on left tackle Jonathan Martin with the intention of having him play, you know……left tackle when Long left?

    All Ireland does is make bad picks and free agent signings and then scrambles to fill those same holes. Traded up for Daniel Thomas two years ago, then drafts Lamar Miller. Signs Dansby and Burnett, then cut them and then signs Wheeler and Ellerbee. Trades for Brandon Marshall, then dumps him for a few picks and grossly overspends on Wallace. Trades Vontae Davis now will probably have to draft a corner with his #1 pick and on and on and on………….. One continuous jerk-off fest.

    When will this dope finally get fired?????

  19. skolvikesskol says: Apr 18, 2013 12:52 PM

    Duh. Like they’d deny someone theyve been shoppin all offseason

  20. dolphandan says: Apr 18, 2013 12:52 PM

    I hope they make the trade for Albert and draft Warmack at #12

  21. FinFan68 says: Apr 18, 2013 12:52 PM

    They have been flushing turds since last off season, why add this one? He is a “me-first” malcontent with questionable health. He’s also older and not as good as Jake was (even when Long was injured). Keep the 2nd rounder and get good younger players.

  22. robdolphins says: Apr 18, 2013 12:57 PM

    I see some of your guys point, saying KC loses leverage once they take OT with 1st pick, but you can flip it around and say Dolphins lose leverage once 3 top OT are off the board. I see this as being a good trade for both clubs. Now, if rumors come out KC wants more than 1 pick, then I say no.

  23. maestro3k says: Apr 18, 2013 12:58 PM

    I wouldn’t mind the Jags trading down with Miami for their 1st and their 2nd rd picks. But I prefer that we stay at 2 and draft Dion Jordan!!! Just for the fact that they won’t be able to fix every hole in this draft anyway. Might as well get the best talent for that position. Besides Gabbert is going to suck this season and we’ll probably be in the top 5 in the draft next season. We can get our future QB then and Teddy Bridgewater is a BEAST!!!

  24. National Fanatic says: Apr 18, 2013 1:03 PM

    The Dolphins must have NO faith in Johnathan Martin… Lane Johnson MAY be available at #12 in the first round. if not, draft DJ Fluker to play right tackle. Martin at left tackle and Fluker at Right. There will be plenty of CB’s in teh second round: David Amerson, Darius Slay, Logan Ryan…

  25. nobreak1269 says: Apr 18, 2013 1:08 PM

    Too bad history has proven big stars don’t gel well-fin fans.I give you 8-8.

  26. jarepine says: Apr 18, 2013 1:10 PM

    So many haters. Don’t forget the Dolphins are still changing personnel to match the current coaches philosophy. Long didn’t fit in the zone blocking scheme maybe Albert does I don’t know that much about him yet. But if he fits the scheme then he probably is worth more to Philbin then Long was and then it allows them to use the 12th pick any way they want. Hopefully they don’t break the bank for him maybe $7 million a season would be good and I don’t think he was upset that the Chiefs weren’t offering him big money I think he was upset they were trying to pay him RT money so they could draft a LT.

  27. ijahru says: Apr 18, 2013 1:10 PM

    This is a win win trade. They Chiefs can get salary cap space and draft a franchise LT while recouping a 2nd round pick they gave up in the trade for Alex Smith. The Dolphins can get a LT with their extra 2nd round pick. If Brandon was in this years draft he would be considered a 1st round pick. This is the type of trade that the NFL needs more of.

  28. inphinitejest says: Apr 18, 2013 1:12 PM

    Kansas City is known to want a high second round pick for Albert, but you think the dolphins will throw their first rounder in…just for fun? What are you talking about?

    If the contract is reasonable, hopefully the phins can get this guy for their later second round pick, and maybe throw in a 5th or 6th rounder.

  29. normswifevera says: Apr 18, 2013 1:14 PM

    “Albert gave up 1 sack last year.”

    Less impressive than it sounds when you consider he didn’t play a full season. In fact, he’s only ever played a full season once in his career.

  30. 8drinkminimum says: Apr 18, 2013 1:19 PM

    Good to go with this if:

    1) The pick is the lower one in Rd 2. Add a 6th?
    2) He makes less than Jake Long.

    Now trade down from #12 and get back that 2nd rounder. If still there grab Tyler Eifert and address corners/safety in Rd 2.

  31. phishfan520 says: Apr 18, 2013 1:22 PM

    Lol Jags fans, your GM skills are as bad as your team play. A 1st and two 2nd to move up to two? I laughed so hard a fart slipped out!! The only piece of the Dolphins your getting is your starting QB next year (Henne). The Phins brought in Albert to see if he is a viable option because outside of Martin moving to LT when he’s not ready, or if he gets hurt is John Jerry. The real the key to all of this is what OAK and Det do because if OAK doesn’t take a QB to build on or/and DET goes LT, Jefferys draft plan is ruined. There is no need for us to trade up for Milliner (CB Depth in draft) so if Albert can work for us, we can stay at 12 and wait till the Rams or Vikes start burning for Austin or Dallas for Vaccaro and stock up on some picks, which we can use or trade for next year. Also stop saying “CAP HELL”, Aponte is THE BEST in the league at contracts, she gave us an out for every player we signed this year. We are not the New York Jets

  32. 305phinphan says: Apr 18, 2013 1:27 PM

    The Dolphins didnt resign Long for numerous reasons. The past 3 years he was unable to stay healthy, his play declined dramatically, and he was not a good fit in a zone blocking scheme. On top of that since Albert lives in Miami he might be willing to take a little less to stay close to home.

    Giving up a 2nd round pick would be great for Miami. If they were to trade up for one of the big 3 tackles they would have to give up a first and second to fix their OT problem. This way they only use a 2nd and still have 12th overall to take anyone they want. Albert, Incognito, Pouncey, Cooper, and Martin seems like a pretty solid Oline if thats the direction Miami intends to go.

  33. ijahru says: Apr 18, 2013 1:32 PM

    Scott Pioli did a great job with the Chiefs. The only thing he screwed up was going with Cassell as his QB and hiring Todd Haley. I saw quite a few Pro Bowlers in a Chiefs uniform last year so Pioli must have been doing something right.

  34. ckinthekc99 says: Apr 18, 2013 1:40 PM

    Chiefs fans, would u trade the #1 overall pick & Brandon Albert for Luke Joeckel & a 2nd round pick??? If you say yes you are a liar

  35. nelly837 says: Apr 18, 2013 1:45 PM

    If I’m the Chiefs and they don’t end up trading Albert, I would tell Albert to quit his Whining and move him over to Right tackle and then draft the Left tackle they want. You can never have too many Offensive linemenm

  36. anvil35 says: Apr 18, 2013 1:56 PM

    I agree with 305 phinphan, but I would prefer Warmack…if they go guard at #12. It would be wonderful if Milliner fell.

  37. xpensivewinos says: Apr 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    Scott Pioli did a great job with the Chiefs. The only thing he screwed up was going with Cassell as his QB and hiring Todd Haley. I saw quite a few Pro Bowlers in a Chiefs uniform last year so Pioli must have been doing something right.


    If memory serves, all of the Chiefs pro-bowl players (with the exception of Berry) were there before Pioli came to town…………

  38. Dan Ewen says: Apr 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    Martin fell into the 2nd because many teams felt he couldn’t hold up on the blind side at the NFL level. Those fears were more than confirmed when Jake Long went down.

    To add Wallace and Keller, then let Tannehill get pulverized before he can get a pass off would be lunacy.

    With the cream of the crop LTs climbing the board by the minute, this is a smart move. Albert’s Pass Blocking Efficiency was 7th among ALL tackles last year.

  39. dtlb58 says: Apr 18, 2013 2:19 PM

    normswifevera | Apr 18, 2013, 12:14 PM CDT
    “Albert gave up 1 sack last year.”

    Less impressive than it sounds when you consider he didn’t play a full season. In fact, he’s only ever played a full season once in his career.

    He has played in 73 of 80 possible games in his 5 year career. So an average of 14.6 games out of a possible 16 in a season. Not so bad when you break it down.

  40. dtlb58 says: Apr 18, 2013 2:21 PM

    Chiefs fans, would u trade the #1 overall pick & Brandon Albert for Luke Joeckel & a 2nd round pick??? If you say yes you are a liar

    The Chief FANS aren’t the ones making this decision.
    This is my 40th year of being a Chief fan and I learned a long time ago, they don’t ask us what we want. So as a fan if you can’t hack that, then move along.

  41. southie905 says: Apr 18, 2013 2:25 PM

    Scott Pioli did a great job with the Chiefs. The only thing he screwed up was going with Cassell as his QB and hiring Todd Haley. I saw quite a few Pro Bowlers in a Chiefs uniform last year so Pioli must have been doing something right.


    If memory serves, all of the Chiefs pro-bowl players (with the exception of Berry) were there before Pioli came to town…………


    Houston was also drafted by Pioli. As far as Haley, I think D. Bowe and D. Johnson would both say he had a big part of making them probowl players. Which leaves the only good thing Pioli did at drafting Berry and Houston.

  42. dtlb58 says: Apr 18, 2013 2:28 PM

    xpensivewinos | Apr 18, 2013, 1:01 PM CDT
    Scott Pioli did a great job with the Chiefs. The only thing he screwed up was going with Cassell as his QB and hiring Todd Haley. I saw quite a few Pro Bowlers in a Chiefs uniform last year so Pioli must have been doing something right.

    You don’t have a clue. If Pioli did such a great job then why did Clark Hunt fire him? If Cassel was the only problem then just move on from QB, get another and keep the GM. And btw, stop judging production by pro bowls. Anyone with a computer starting in week 8 and ending before the season stops controls this popularity contest isn’t a fair assessment of anything.
    And further more, Pioli didn’t draft those players. (Berry) Herm,Carl and Kuharic era.

  43. ckinthekc99 says: Apr 18, 2013 2:35 PM

    Ok I’ll reword it for you, Chiefs Management, would u be stupid enough to trade the #1 overall pick & Brandon Albert for Luke Joeckel & a 2nd round pick?

  44. slickster35 says: Apr 18, 2013 2:40 PM

    This is strike 2 for the Dorsey/Reid administration.

    Strike 1 was that insanely stupid trade for the re-tread Alex freaking Smith.

    If they give away our way above average LT for a 2nd, just to draft an unknown rookie LT, I may set fire to all of my Chiefs gear.

    So far these guys act like they don’t know what the hell they’re doing.

    And for the finfans out there, Albert is considerably better than Jake Long is RIGHT NOW. Long fell off the map of eliteness several years ago. Albert is a top ten LT.

  45. ckinthekc99 says: Apr 18, 2013 2:41 PM

    Lets quit with the pro bowler argument, the Chiefs were the worst team in football, that means more to me then how many freakin pro bowlers u have!

  46. dolphinfansam says: Apr 18, 2013 5:47 PM

    xpensivewinos, your post is just uneducated. As far as the Dansby/Burnett and Ellerbe/Wheeler swap, please look at their contracts and production. The Dolphins are getting younger while Dansby and Burnett are older and more expensive. Check out the linebackers rankings last season. They are very similar. Also, how many players actually play throughout their whole entire contract? Very few. Brandon Marshall was traded because he does not fit the West Coast offense, and his personality does not mesh with Philbins. Vontae Davis was also not the type of personality that Philbins wants in his locker room. The Dolphins now have a zone coverage secondary which requires ball hawks as opposed to strong, press corners such as Smith and Davis. Your running back argument doesn’t make sense. Please identify the top two running backs for the Dolphins next year. You can say that Lamar Miller was a wasted pick, but he will be a starter this year, and he looked good in his limited role last season. Daniel Thomas wasn’t a bust either. He isn’t as good as he could have been (due largely to injuries), but he plays a key role as a RB who can block. As far as lineman, Jonathen Martin is on the team and has flexibility to play either RT or LT. I do disagree with signing Albert though. He is not worth the money, and the Dolphins have not “overpaid” for anyone. I don’t think that you understand that players get paid more during free agency. It’s just how it works. It’s supply and demand. The Dolphins are paying for proven players. But even if you don’t buy that, please look further into the contract. Look at the guaranteed money, and the yearly salary in the early years. If you are still on this “they overpay for players” high, explain this one question. How did the Dolphins re-sign Hartline and Starks, add Brent Grimes, Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller, Brandon Gibson and Lance Lewis while still having 20M left in cap space this year?

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