Dave Skretta of the Associated Press says the Chiefs and Dolphins will resume discussion about Branden Albert tomorrow.
— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) April 26, 2013
Miami traded their 42nd overall pick to Oakland in a deal to move up to the 3rd overall pick so they could draft Oregon’s Dion Jordan. The move came as a surprise as most assumed Miami would move up to take Lane Johnson with the pick. Their decision not to take a tackle means they still have a big hole at left tackle to fill. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is still playing it coy.
I asked him whether he would accept Miami’s 2nd round pick, #54, for Albert: “I don’t know. That’s an unknown until something happens.”
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) April 26, 2013
One would think the Chiefs would have most of the leverage in this situation. Kansas City could still play Albert at left tackle and move first overall pick Eric Fisher to right tackle to build a formidable offensive line. Albert is under contract with the Chiefs and Kansas City could still franchise or sign him to a long-term deal next offseason. The Chiefs also have two third round picks, including the first overall selection in the third round, so they should be able to get a good prospect or two tomorrow with or without a trade.
As for the Dolphins, there is not another starting left tackle available either in free agency or in the draft, and they do not have an in-house solution to play left tackle at a high level. Because of this it would seem more pressure would be on Miami to make a deal than on Kansas City. The problem for Miami is they would no longer have a second round pick if they traded for Albert but, like the Chiefs, they would have two third rounders to play with tomorrow.
Given the situations, it wouldn’t be surprising if Kansas City were able to pry away a second pick from Miami. While the 42nd overall pick is no longer available, Kansas City may ask Miami to throw in a late round pick in addition to the 54th overall pick in an attempt to recover as much of the Alex Smith trade as possible.
Ultimately, I would be surprised if Branden Albert is still a Chief by this time tomorrow even if Kansas City doesn’t get the extra pick.