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Andy Reid denied the chiefs have given permission to the Dolphins to speak with Branden Albert— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) April 18, 2013
The Branden Albert trade rumors continue, and the latest nugget is an important one. According to ESPN's John Clayton, the Kansas City Chiefs have given the Miami Dolphins permission to speak with Albert's agent. This is significant because anyone trading for Albert would likely want to have a long-term contract in place. The discussions between Albert and the Dolphins likely centers around a long-term contract.
This is yet another strong sign that Albert is on his way out. Clayton reports Albert, who lives in Miami in the offseason, "is expected to visit the Dolphins' facility in the next couple of days for a physical."
Assuming he passes the physical, that's step one. Step two would be working out the parameters of a long-term deal. And step three would be agreeing on compensation with the Chiefs.
The Chiefs are believed to be seeking a "high second round pick" for Albert. Miami has two second round picks -- No. 42 and No. 54 overall. The Chiefs obviously would prefer the higher of those two picks. It's unclear where the two teams stand as it relates to possible compensation in a trade.
Albert spoke with NFL Network several weeks ago and said he was seeking "clarity" in his situation. He understood a trade was possible and hinted at a possible deadline on getting something done.
I spoke with Kevin Nogle of The Phinsider recently and Dolphins fans don't seem too keen on the idea of giving up a second round pick for Albert.
"I don't like the idea of having to give up two draft picks, plus a large contract, for Albert," Nogle said. "Miami has been very protective of their 11 draft picks this year, and seeing a second round pick, plus that fifth round pick in 2014, and a high dollar contract does not make much sense, especially when Miami could simply use on of their two second round picks on a tackle, fill the hole, and not have the monetary requirements needed to sign Albert long term. Miami would not give Jake Long the $8.5 million per season to which St. Louis agreed, so spending top dollar on Albert is not likely."