According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, Chiefs’ left tackle Brandon Albert will only land with the Dolphins if he is willing to lower his current asking price of $8 million-$9 million a year.
This is only going to happen if the price on Albert – particularly the $8 million-$9 million a year it’s believed he’s seeking in a long-term deal – comes down significantly. Albert is a franchise player, which comes with a one-year, $9.8 million base. Kansas City would love to get a second-round pick for him, clearing the way for the Chiefs to take Luke Joeckel at No. 1 overall and then get another player rather than take Joeckel and then lose Albert to free agency after the season. The problem for the Chiefs is that this move is actually counterintuitive for the Dolphins, who already let Jake Long leave for less than what Albert is looking to make. While Long has a longer laundry list of injuries (knee, elbow, biceps, back), Albert has also dealt with a back problem. To overpay for Albert and give up a second-round pick to get him would be pretty questionable for the Dolphins. Then again, the idea of having Jonathan Martin at left tackle could force the Dolphins to panic.
The Dolphins need to make sure they protect Ryan Tannehill going forward, so it will be interesting to see what they end up doing. They could always gamble and try to get a left tackle in the draft.