Branden Albert Visits Miami

Another day, another Branden Albert report.

October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Daniel Te

This time reports have Albert, who lives in Miami, being given permission to meet with the Miami Dolphins to both take a physical and discuss a potential contract extension. Head coach Andy Reid has denied these reports but all indications seem to point to John Clayton’s report being accurate.

Albert has signed his franchise tender with the Chiefs but the tender only lasts for one season. If the Dolphins are going to make a trade with the Chiefs they are going to want assurance they can work out a deal with Albert to keep him beyond this season. A potential trade would involve Miami giving up one of their two second round picks – both very valuable – so Miami is going to want to feel very comfortable with Albert before pulling the trigger on a deal.

Another thing to watch is how the physical goes with Miami. Albert missed all or parts of five games last season due to back injuries, and many felt the Chiefs were not convinced Albert was fully healthy. If a trade does not happen because Albert cannot pass his physical or the physical turns up some unnerving signings, things won’t be looking good for the Chiefs or Albert.

An Albert trade would almost certainly mean the Chiefs will draft either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher with the top overall pick in the draft, which begins one week from tonight. There is still a chance the Chiefs could trade down but the likelihood seems very small.

UPDATE: Make of this tweet from Kansas City Star reporter Adam Teicher what you will.

UPDATE 2: Chris Mortensen confirms Clayton’s report and explains Reid’s statement.

UPDATE 3: In summation…

 

Topics: Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins

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