Miami Dolphins: Is the Interest in Branden Albert Real?

Richard Santamaria@RiSantamariaCorrespondent IIApril 18, 2013

October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (50) rushes as Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Will the Miami Dolphins trade one of their second-round selections in the 2013 NFL draft for Branden Albert

Ian Rapoport of reports that there is indeed interest.  Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel stated, "According to league sources, the Dolphins have had extensive talks with Kansas City about acquiring Branden Albert."

There are plenty of questions to be answered.

Albert wants a multi-year deal worth more than Jake Long received from the St. Louis Rams.  Albert is also older than Long. 

What is Jeff Ireland's angle?

Jake Long may be more broken than anyone believes or Ireland may consider Albert a better left tackle at this juncture.

Which draft pick will be traded to Kansas City?

The Dolphins have two second-rounders, 42nd and 54th overall.  Knowing Ireland, he may be dangling a third-rounder.  Albert would certainly be worth a third-round pick, and even Miami's 54th overall selection would not be too steep of a price.

How much money does Albert want?

This is ultimately what will define this trade.  If the disgruntled Albert is willing to take a reasonable deal from a team that shows him a little love, then the trade is a no-brainer.  By "reasonable offer," I mean a deal worth less than Long's.

If Ireland acquires the proper parameters for this potential trade, the Miami Dolphins can improve Ryan Tannehill's blindside protection without giving up their first-round selection.  Yes, the Dolphins can have their cake and eat it too.