According the Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Kansas City Chiefs are looking to unload left-tackle Branden Albert for a high second-round selection for the NFL Draft. Originally searching for a second round and a 2014 draft pick, the Chiefs found no takers.
Albert, 28, has made it clear to Kansas City that he has no intention of switch to right-tackle if the Chiefs do in-fact draft tackles Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher. The largest issue for Albert is his contract dispute with the organization. “[I want to know] if I’m going to be there long term. Right now, everything is uncertain,” via ESPN.
Due $9.8 million next year, Albert’s contract makes it highly unlikely for other teams to desire a trade. The Chiefs signed him on a franchise tender that paid him the high amount. Ranking 24th in Pro Football Focus’ rating system for tackles in 2012, Albert will be making significantly more than a similar player in Phil Loadholt, who ranked 22nd, and carries a base salary of around $6 million per year.
A long-term deal that Albert desires would suggest him taking a pay-cut.
It is by wide perception that the Miami Dolphins desire to trade up in order to attain a tackle in the top ten of the draft. If anyone has the ability to trade for Albert, it is easily the Dolphins. They have a desire for a tackle and own two second round picks (42 and 54) and two third round picks (77 and 82). However, after numerous signatures this off-season, Miami surely has a small amount of cap space currently available.
With Albert drawing silence on the trade-block, it is a possibility the Chiefs lower their asking price even more. Honestly, Kansas City would be lucky to attain a third round choice for him.
CBS Sports reported today that the Chiefs are, “making it clear they are willing to trade out of the top overall spot.” A Kansas City scout insisted that they are “begging” to get a deal done. If they strike a deal to send Albert, it should be more likely they hold onto the top spot. If they finally hash out a long-term agreement, then the first pick will indefinitely be traded.
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