We are an hour before the start of the second day of the NFL Draft and we still have no deal for Branden Albert.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey did confirm to reports that negotiations had re-started with Miami about a potential trade. The Miami Herald quoted Jeff Ireland as saying trade talks went “nowhere” yesterday but the two must think a deal is possible since they have resumed talks today.
Branden Albert is one of the better left tackles in the NFL even though he has never been to a Pro Bowl. Albert allowed zero sacks last season from his position but did struggle a bit in run blocking from his end of the line. Albert also missed all or parts of five games with a lower back injury, an injury Albert and Chiefs say is no longer an issue.
Part of the reason for Albert being available in a trade is because of his contract demands. Albert wants to be paid like an elite left tackle while the Chiefs are not willing to invest that much money into a player they feel is not worth what he is asking. Kansas City is also trying to recover a second round pick they traded to San Francisco in the Alex Smith deal in February (though the trade was not made official until March).
Should a trade not happen Kansas City will have one of their better tackle combinations in quite some time with Albert at left tackle and number one overall pick Eric Fisher at right tackle. The drama will be postponed to next offseason where Albert could be franchised or traded again, signed to an extension, or allowed to hit free agency. There really is not urgency for the Chiefs to trade Albert from a football perspective, but if they are looking to maximize their trade compensation then today is the day Dorsey needs to trade Albert.
UPDATE: Schefter does not think a deal will get done.
Events always could change, but Dolphins and Chiefs are nowhere on Branden Albert deal. One source said he doubt a deal gets done.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2013