Miami Dolphins: Is the Interest in Branden Albert Real?
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com 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.
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.
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