The latest Branden Albert trade rumor says we're all waiting on the Chiefs now

Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

One report states a Branden Albert trade won't happen unless Albert lowers his price tag. A new report states the Dolphins are now apparently wiling to meet Albert's contract demands.

Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert hinted several weeks ago at a deadline with the Chiefs regarding his contract situation and all the trade rumors after he signed his franchise tender. We don't know what that deadline is (or was) but the NFL Draft makes the most sense as a deadline. By Thursday or Friday, we could have the Albert trade news that's seemingly been on the verge of happening for weeks now (and even months for some).

Last night it was reported by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports that Albert's price tag would have to come down if the Dolphins are going to make the trade. Today NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the opposite -- that the Dolphins are willing to pay him.

Duane Brown makes $8 million per year, according to media reports. Seven years, $56 million. Here's what I don't get: the Dolphins apparently wouldn't match Jake Long's $8.5 million contract with the Rams. So now they're going to (almost) match that for Albert? The reasoning seems odd. The idea that the Dolphins want Albert to drop his price, as today's earlier report stated, seems to make more sense given the tackle market this offseason. I'm confused.

The Chiefs should take any deal they're comfortable with but they can also take this thing until Friday. If Albert is traded, I see one of two timelines: 1.) he's traded on Thursday, the day of the draft or 2.) he's traded on Friday after round one of the draft. The thinking on No. 2 is that some team -- hmm, I don't know, maybe Miami -- doesn't get a tackle they wanted in the first round and then Albert becomes the next best option, priced at one second round pick.

I still think this trade will get done. According to a number of draft analysts, the top three offensive tackles -- Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson -- could all be gone by the top five picks, maybe even top four. If there's a run on tackles that early, others teams who need tackle help are going to be left out in the cold. That's when the Chiefs can capitalize on a trade for Albert.

You don't give a player permission to speak with another team, like Albert and the Dolphins, unless you have a plan in place to replace him. The Chiefs have that plan with the No. 1 overall pick. Because of that I still believe the Chiefs will eventually make this trade. Maybe it's with Miami or maybe it's with another team. I also see it happening partially because I can't see Albert playing for the Chiefs again. My opinion can easily change -- especially if Albert is a Chief at this time next week -- but my three-days-out-from-the-draft prediction is that Albert will be traded.

Would a second round pick be enough in a trade for Branden Albert? According to the majority of our readers, yes it would be.

Screen_shot_2013-04-22_at_7

More Albert news:

Reports: Albert needs to drop his price tag

Albert, Dolphins have permission to talk

Dolphins back in the Albert trade rumors

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Arrowhead Pride

You must be a member of Arrowhead Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arrowhead Pride. You should read them.

Join Arrowhead Pride

You must be a member of Arrowhead Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arrowhead Pride. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker