With all the speculation on what teams will take offensive tackles in the year’s NFL Draft, it’s only natural that some trade talks have emerged involving the Kansas City Chiefs. Of course, the Chiefs are expected to take either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher with the first overall pick this year, so that would likely mean current LT Branden Albert will be out of a job soon, at least in KC.
Word broke earlier today that Albert would be available for a high draft pick, and now it looks like a potential suitor has emerged. The Miami Dolphins are reportedly interested in acquiring the five-year veteran, and they just so happen to have two second round picks at their disposal. Miami owns the 42nd and 54th overall selections, and word is, one of those spots could be enough for them to land Albert.
If this deal does go down, it certainly would clear up any speculation that the Chiefs might take a position other than LT with the first pick. At the same time, it would also make the Dolphins’ draft picture a little bit clearer as well. The Chiefs and Dolphins have both been linked to LTs in this draft, and now it appears only one of them could go that route in the round one.
The Chiefs need a second round pick, after they sent theirs west, for Alex Smith. So overall, this deal seems like a win-win situation. KC needs to clear room for a rookie tackle, and the Dolphins just lost a franchise tackle in free agency. I don’t think the Chiefs can be too picky on whether they get the 42nd or 54th pick, because either one is better than not having one at all.
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