The Miami Dolphins are working on a trade for OT Branden Albert with the Kansas City Chiefs for a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday.
Kansas City and Miami have been in trade talks since last month’s NFL owners meeting and team sources acknowledge that a deal could be finalized before the start of the draft (Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. EST).
Albert received the franchise tag from the Chiefs earlier this offseason, but talks on a multi-year deal have stalled. The 6-5, 316-pound offensive lineman also isn’t even participating in Kansas City’s offseason program.
He’s actually training in South Florida right now and has also been adamant about remaining a left tackle. Albert, 28, has appeared in 73 contests (71 starts) and started at LT for the team since being selected with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Virginia.
Albert even vented about possibly having to switch positions after Eric Winston’s release in early March.
It’s worth noting that though Jeff Ireland has mentioned the team is open to trading one of its second-round selections to pick up a solid veteran or move up in the draft, a team source for the ‘Fins has also admitted that the club could wait until the first or second day of the draft before finalizing a deal, as the Dolphins look to weigh all of their options.
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