Clayton adds that the Dolphins could trade one of their two second-round picks for Albert.
Miami could really use a better option at left tackle now that Jake Long has departed for the Rams. Albert graded out as a top-25 offensive tackle last season and would easily be an upgrade to last year’s second-round pick Jonathan Martin.
We’ll have to see if they show any interest in the idea or if the Chiefs are even willing to trade him.
Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that Chiefs OT Branden Albert will sign his franchise tender worth $9.828 million tender “soon.”
Kansas City can begin to shop him around the league once he’s signed the tender, so this could be something to watch in the next few weeks.
Albert, 28, received the Chiefs franchise tag a few weeks ago and is set to make a $9.83 million for the upcoming season. Recent reports have suggested that the Chiefs were hoping to work out a long-term deal with Albert, but the fact that they recently released RT Eric Winston suggests that they’re keeping their options open regarding where he’ll be playing next season.
Albert has said multiple times that he has no intention to move to guard or right tackle, but many around the league believe there’s a good chance they draft Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 overall pick. The addition of Joeckel could force them to move Albert to right tackle, which in turn could have a negative impact on his market value come next offseason.
A trade seems like a possibility, depending on what they choose to do with their first-round pick, but it’s hard to speculate as to what the Chiefs could get in return for him at this point. The Lions could really use an offensive tackle after Jeff Backus retired and they lost Gosder Cherilus to the Colts, so they could be a potential option if the Chiefs are in fact willing to trade Albert.