Andy Reid and the Chiefs clarified (or muddied) the situation involving the Miami Dolphins and LT Branden Albert on Thursday evening, after a day of very different information from the team and the media.
ESPN’s John Clayton reported Thursday that the Dolphins had been given permission to speak directly to Albert, and in fact Albert was set to go to the Dolphins facility in Miami for a conversation and a physical exam.
After the final practice of mini-camp Thursday, Reid said there was no such permission given to the Dolphins.
That changed later when the head coach had a chance to speak with GM John Dorsey. That’s when Reid learned that the Dolphins had permission to speak with Albert’s agent, but not with the player, and that there was no permission given for anything resembling a physical exam.
“I goofed that up,” Reid told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. “I’ve been so engaged with the football team and this minicamp and, really, having fun with that, it was just a miscommunication. Dorsey does a great job. I trust him so much I can focus on the football part with the players here and the staff. When I was asked about it coming off the practice field, I basically thought it was a dead issue, only to have that clarified later as to where it stood. But we haven’t granted any permission with the exception of allowing (the Dolphins) to speak to the agent and there’s been nothing new on that front.”
Call it another episode of what’s become a soap opera involving the Chiefs and their franchise player.