A story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel cites multiple sources saying trade talks between the Chiefs and Miami Dolphins are heating up as the Chiefs look to move franchise tagged offensive tackle Branden Albert. The Dolphins are looking for O-line help after the Rams signed their former overall number one pick from 2008, Jake Long.
It was already suspected that the Chiefs would use this year’s overall number on draft pick on Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel, and would try to trade Albert away for a second round pick. The Chiefs gave up their second rounder to San Francisco in the Alex Smith trade.
The Dolphins have two second-round picks this year, numbers 42 and 54 overall.
Albert recently signed a one year $9.83 million contract with the Chiefs, but has been unhappy with being labeled with the franchise tag. He is skipping this week’s three day minicamp and won’t report to any offseason workouts until he gets some guarantees about his future. Those answers may be coming soon.
Scott Wright of DraftCountdown.com, doesn’t see the sense in saving a little bit of money to draft an offensive tackle, when they have one on Albert who is fully capable. Wright says Joeckel is likely the number one pick, but he is also high on Eric Fisher of Central Michigan.
AUDIO Wright on KC’s offensive line options (1:45)