The Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly broke big news this evening. League sources have reportedly confirmed that the Dolphins are working on a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs to land left tackle Branden Albert for one of Miami’s two second-round picks.
Apparently the two sides have been working on a deal since last month’s owner’s meetings. The Dolphins could have been holding out on pulling the trigger on a trade in hopes of landing an Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson in next week’s draft.
But it has become obvious that both Fisher and Johnson will be gone within the top seven picks, if not sooner. And the Dolphins are apparently not willing to trade up for either or trust Ryan Tannehill’s protection to a second-round pick.
Miami’s interest in Albert also speaks volumes about their confidence in Jonathan Martin. And it’s hard to blame them after Martin struggled at both right and left tackle as a rookie.
It will be interesting to see if Albert can be obtained for the Dolphins’ 42nd or 54th overall pick. Also, Albert is currently holding out for a new deal in Kansas City. So the Dolphins and Albert will likely have to agree on a pricey multi-year contract before a trade is finalized.