Andy Says No Permission For Fins & Albert

The soap opera between the Chiefs and LT Branden Albert took several interesting turns Thursday afternoon, a week before the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

First, reported that the Chiefs had given the Miami Dolphins permission to speak directly to Albert. The report from John Clayton said Albert would visit the Dolphins offices in Miami for conversation and a physical exam.

But, as the Chiefs wrapped up their three-day voluntary mini-camp, head coach Andy Reid was asked whether the Chiefs had given such permission to the Dolphins and Albert.

“That’s not true, that’s not true,” Reid said.

So the Chiefs Nation continues to wait to see just what happens between the team and its franchise player. There is little doubt the Chiefs are trying to trade Albert and hopes they can conclude something before the 2013 NFL Draft begins next Thursday night. As the team’s franchise player designee, Albert has signed his tender offer so he is under contract for the 2013 season. But Albert wants a long term deal; certainly the Chiefs would like a long-term deal as well.

3 Responses to “Andy Says No Permission For Fins & Albert”

  • April 18, 2013  - txchief says:

    I hope they prove me wrong, but I believe that Dorsey and Reid may have outsmarted themselves with the Albert situation. If they planned from the beginning to trade him, they should have gotten him signed long term. He would have been much easier to trade if he were under contract.

    If they despised him from the beginning, they could have just let him walk without the huge franchise tender. Potential trade partners have the Chiefs over the barrel knowing that KC will probably select Joeckel or Fisher and will be desperate to unload Branden Albert.

  • April 18, 2013  - ObscureDave says:


    Actually, if the Chiefs had already signed Albert to a long term deal it wouldn’t be feasible to trade him at all. A long term deal would undoubtedly include a big chunk of up front guaranteed money. To trade him, all of that would then immediately become a current salary cap hit this season, sending the Chiefs into instant cap hell.

    It is no accident that the Chiefs have not signed him yet. There have likely been no serious negotiations for months and won’t be if Dorsey is intent on a trade.

  • April 19, 2013  - txchief says:

    Good point Dave, I had not considered that aspect of a potential deal. I just hope that they get a deal done before draft day, although I remain skeptical that they will get value for Albert. I don’t think that Miami will do the trade unless they are convinced that Lane Johnson will not fall to them in the first round.

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