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Miami Dolphins: Possible Branden Albert trade hits snag, trade up for Johnson unlikely, and more

A trade that once appeared imminent has hit a snag. Talks between the Dolphins and Chiefs heated up last week for a potential trade that would likely send Miami’s 54th overall selection in this week’s draft for disgruntled left tackle Branden Albert.

At one point it looked as though a physical was all that needed to take place in order to complete the deal. But the Dolphins would also need to agree on a long-term contract extension with the 28-year old veteran before they send away a second-round selection. And the contract Albert may be asking for could scare Miami away.

According to reports, Albert and his agent are looking for nearly $9 million a year. That would be more than Jake Long signed for in St. Louis. Couple signing Albert to “Jake Long money” with the Dolphins also having to surrender a second-round pick and Jeff Ireland would come away looking awfully foolish.

Either Albert lowers his asking price or the Dolphins simply have to walk away from the table.

Chris Mortensen says no trade up Lane Johnson

If the Dolphins are unable to strike up a deal to land Branden Albert, trading up for one the three elite tackle prospects must once again be considered. But according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Dolphins will not entertain the idea of trading up for Lane Johnson.

Mortensen tweeted, “For Joeckel or Fisher but no trade up for Johnson.” So if he’s right, the Dolphins could be contemplating a trade up for Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher, but Lane Johnson will only land in South Beach if by some miracle he falls to 12th overall.

Trading up for Joeckel or Fisher would likely require moving up into at least the top five if not the top three. One will go first overall to the Chiefs and many mocks have the other coming off the board immediately after at two to the Jaguars. I just have a hard time seeing the Dolphins trade up that high, but Jeff Ireland has mentioned that he has the ammunition to move all the way up to the first pick.

Jets trade Revis to Buccaneers

It’s not exactly Dolphins’ news, but anytime one of the best players in the AFC East is shipped elsewhere Dolphin fans have a reason to rejoice. Unfortunately, Miami will still have to face Revis this season – Week 10 on Monday Night Football – but once is much better than twice.

The void created by Revis’ departure could prompt the Jets to draft Dee Milliner if he is available at 9th overall, though, ending any remote chance of the top corner in the draft falling into the Dolphins’ lap.

New helmet leaked?

A picture of what could be the new Miami Dolphins helmet has been circulating all over the internet this evening. It looks as expected with a white face mask and a solid aqua stripe down the middle outlined in orange. It appears as though there may be a slim navy stripe separating the aqua from orange, but it’s hard to speculate with such a blurry image.


Don’t forget to vote in our community mock draft! 

Today is the last day to vote in the 2013 Dolphins Gab Community Mock Draft. Simply submit your pick in the comments section of this post. So far Tyler Eifert, who I mocked to Miami on Saturday, has a slight lead over Tavon Austin. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning.

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