Another day, another Branden Albert report.
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.
Chiefs and Dolphins have yet to agree on trade terms. Permission for Miami to contact Albert unlikely until there is agreement there
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) April 18, 2013
UPDATE 2: Chris Mortensen confirms Clayton’s report and explains Reid’s statement.
Andy Reid just clarified KC has given permission to Dolphins to speak with Brandon Albert’s agent but no visit or physical allowed yet.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 18, 2013
UPDATE 3: In summation…
Bottom line is that Dolphins have clarity on what Albert wants $$-wise. If trade happens — still a big if — would most likely be Friday.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 18, 2013