Branden Albert looked to be a Miami Dolphin this weekend, but the trade that was so close to happening never came to fruition and despite drafting a left tackle first overall in the draft, the Kansas City Chiefs still have Branden Albert on their roster. The trade was pretty much agreed upon but stipulations as to which draft pick would be sent back to the Chiefs held up the deal and eventually derailed it.
Last we checked, the Chiefs and Dolphins were discussing a second round pick in exchange for Albert and while the Dolphins are unlikely trade partners after the tension they created this weekend, the Chiefs are reportedly still looking to get a second round draft pick in exchange for Albert, only now it’s going to be of the 2014 variety.
The Chiefs are figuring that they eventually will get some interest from teams that didn’t fill their left tackle needs in the draft (Detroit, San Diego and Arizona are still in that mix). Look for Albert to eventually move for a second-round pick in 2014.
While they’re not the front-runners anymore, don’t count the Dolphins out of this discussion just yet as they could re-emerge in trade talks later this summer. But the focus of the talks will shift to the other teams Cole mentions, as even though they aren’t wrong for keeping him, the Chiefs really don’t have a need for both Albert and Fisher.
A trade likely won’t happen soon though, as the Chiefs wanted a pick this year and didn’t get one. Now that they’re still stuck with Albert, they may see how an offensive line that has Albert at left tackle and Fisher at right tackle suits them. If that combination works, a trade is even less likely but that’s not something to bet on.
Albert won’t play right tackle and the Chiefs want Fisher to play there. Barring some miracle change of heart, Albert will be in a new uniform by August and this will all be behind us soon.