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Branden Albert trade talks appear to be dying down ahead of round 2 of the NFL Draft

The Branden Albert trade rumors appear to have died down hours before the start of the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Will a trade happen?

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So maybe a Branden Albert trade won't be going down. Last we heard KC Chiefs GM John Dorsey said the two sides would resume talks on Friday morning. Lindsay Jones of USA Today reports that, indeed, the two sides talked this morning. However, there's no deal yet.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen now reports that the Chiefs and Dolphins talks have gone "cold". The USA Today cited Dorsey in saying the talks would continue this afternoon. The USA Today report also stated the Dolphins do intend to use the No. 54 pick.

The second round of the draft starts at 5:30 p.m. (Arrowhead Time). There's not much time left to do a deal.

Most trades are contingent on a physical; I assume this one would be the same. As far as I know, Albert is not at the Dolphins facility taking a physical. Nor has he visited Miami. The Chiefs gave the Dolphins permission to speak with Albert and his agent, not visit the team facility.

Note this: Dorsey has been quoted or cited in multiple stories, saying the talks between the Dolphins and Chiefs are ongoing. Last I saw from the Dolphins GM, he said: "Right now, it's nowhere fellas. We're nowhere on that thing right now. That's what I can tell you."

Due to the timing of all this, I'm really starting to doubt whether it happens. There are plenty of things about this situation I don't understand. Why would the Dolphins not pay Jake Long then turn around and give up a draft pick AND pay Branden Albert? And if the Dolphins were going to trade for Albert before they passed on an offensive tackle in the first round, why aren't they pulling the trigger now that they didn't get one?

Our poll on whether this trade would go down is almost perfectly split.

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Will the price tag on the trade remain the same? What's the deadline to get a deal done? Who will budge?

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