The Kansas City Chiefs used their franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert and the two parties have been at odds ever since. Now, the unhappy offensive lineman has signed the franchise tender, a move that can be seen as a possible prelude to a change in scenery for Albert.
The free agent market has not been as player friendly as the average free agent would like, and by signing the tender, Albert locks in a $9.828 million, one year contract. It also makes Albert a candidate to be shopped around the league, and the Miami Dolphins could be a possible suitor.
Jake Long had been the guy protecting their quarterback’s blindside, but he recently turned down the Dolphins’ contract offer, and is now a member of the St. Louis Rams. This leaves Jonathan Martin as the only option on the roster at this moment. Martin played five games at left tackle last season as a replacement for Long who was sidelined by injuries. His efforts were among the worst in the NFL. Out of 80 offensive tackles rated by Pro Football Focus, Martin came in at 76.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is feeling very nervous right about now.
Miami does own several picks in this year’s NFL Draft, including five picks in the first three rounds with the 12th pick overall. Offensive tackle is thought to be a deep position in the draft, but to get the sure thing for the future, the Dolphins would have to consider trading up to get a crack at the top candidates. It may be something general manager Jeff Ireland is not willing to do.
There are also other roster spots the Dolphins want to address in the draft. Having their first pick available for a top tier cornerback would be an option Ireland would love to have.
The Chiefs own the first pick in the upcoming draft, and the rumors are swirling that they are interested in left tackle Luke Joeckel. If this is the case, trading Albert is their best bet. Right now it sounds as though they would be open to a possible 2nd round pick for Albert, and the Dolphins would be foolish to squander such an opportunity.
The need is there, the player is worth it, and it works hand in hand with the Dolphins assumed draft plans. This deal appears to be the perfect pairing, and if it is going to go down, expect the news within the next 24 hours.