The Miami Dolphins really want to add an offensive tackle after losing Jake Long in free agency, but they will need to tread cautiously in negotiations with both the Kansas City Chiefs and Branden Albert. While Albert would be the upgrade at left tackle that the Dolphins covet, his $9 million price tag seems bloated to me. But the Dolphins have been reckless spenders this offseason, and the team is reportedly willing to shell the money Albert wants.
However, Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post (soon-to-be of the Boston Globe) reports that the Dolphins think Albert isn’t worth a second-round pick. This isn’t just the opinion of the source, but rather news from the source stating the Dolphins agree with NFL analyst Ross Tucker that Branden Albert isn’t worth the second-round price tag from the Chiefs.
If the Chiefs and Dolphins can agree on shipping a third-rounder to Kansas City, then the deal would most likely go through. The Chiefs will likely get an additional pick on top of that third-rounder if it comes to that, because they are going to sap out everything they can get for Albert. The Chiefs have more leverage at this moment in time, while Albert holds almost all the leverage on his end of the table.
Branden Albert will likely be the next starting left tackle for the Miami Dolphins, but I really think the Dolphins need to watch out. Albert is a good player, but he wants to get paid like an elite tackle. In my opinion, Albert is not worth that kind of money and should be getting what the New York Giants gave Will Beatty.
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