As we near the NFL Draft later next week, the clock is continuing to tick as to what the Kansas City Chiefs plan on doing with left tackle Branden Albert. As it stands now, Albert has explicitly stated he won’t move to right tackle to make way for a rookie tackle, and the Chiefs appear willing to at least work with him for the time being.
However, the Chiefs are desperately trying to recoup some of the lost draft picks they gave up to acquire quarterback Alex Smith last month, and they’re exploring all options. One way to recoup picks would be to trade out of the No. 1 overall spot, but another is trading Albert for a second round pick, and according to Ian Rapoport, that’s looking like it might happen.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 17, 2013
This isn’t the first time the Dolphins name has surfaced in regards to acquiring Albert. Arrowhead Addict wrote about talks being reported surrounding a possible deal between Miami and Kansas City as far back as late March.
But the question in this whole matter is what the Dolphins would give up and what the Chiefs would deem as a respectable return on Albert. The Dolphins currently hold two second round picks thanks to the Vontae Davis trade with the Indianapolis Colts last season, and the Chiefs want one of those two. Logic would suggest that the Chiefs would want the higher of the two picks, but at this point they’d be crazy to not settle for either.