The worst kept secret in the NFL right now is that the Dolphins would like to complete a trade for Branden Albert before the start of the draft on Thursday. The Dolphins would like to cross the need for a left tackle off of their list, before entering the 2013 draft. However, it appears that trade talks between the Chiefs and Dolphins have stalled due to the contract demands of Albert.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the Dolphins are balking at the current contract demands from Albert’s camp. Albert is said to be asking for upwards of $8-9 million per season, which is too rich for the Dolphins. Albert was given the franchise tag by the Chiefs, which guarantees him $9.8 million for the 2013 season. However, if the Dolphins trade a 2nd round pick to the Chiefs, they will want contract certainty beyond the 2013 season.
What I find interesting about these negotiations are that the Dolphins MUST have had an idea of the type of contract Albert was looking for. Wouldn’t that be the first thing they would want to find out, even before negotiating compensation with the Chiefs for a trade? I mean the trade is useless if Albert doesn’t agree to a long term deal, right?
The Dolphins are in a tough spot. They let Jake Long walk for a 4 year deal worth $34 million, with the Rams. If the Dolphins traded a 2nd round pick AND gave Albert a contract bigger that, how will that look? It wouldn’t look good. But, the Dolphins are in need of a starting left tackle, as it doesn’t seems they are not confident Jonathan Martin can hold down that position. Why else would they be considering a trade that would cost them a second round pick and a new multi-year contract. Why else would they not have signed Tyson Clabo or Eric Winston, 2 upgrades at right tackle? Until I see Jonathan Martin lined up at left tackle next season, I won’t believe that the Dolphins have any faith in him being solid at that position. (CLICK HERE, continued on page 2)