Monday, March 18, 2013
Albert trade to Miami could make sense
By Bill Williamson
Sports Illustrated's Peter King mentioned in his Monday column that the Kansas City Chiefs would listen to trade offers for Branden Albert.
Here is a trade partner that makes sense: The Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins were unable to retain left tackle Jake Long, after he signed a deal with St. Louis late Sunday night.
Albert would be a perfect fit for the Dolphins, and he lives in Miami in the offseason. I’m sure he’d be happy to sign a long-term deal with Miami, which would make trading for him a smart move for the Dolphins.
I would think the Chiefs should be open to trading Albert for a second-round pick. That would make up for the lost second-round pick the Chiefs handed over to San Francisco in exchange for starting quarterback Alex Smith. Also, Miami had two second-round pick, No. 42 and No. 54, so it would likely easily give up one of the two for Albert.
Then, the Chiefs could draft either Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher (Joeckel is the likely choice) and insert that player at left tackle.
It makes sense for the Chiefs to trade Albert, who they gave the franchise tag, and it makes sense for Miami being the landing spot.
In other AFC West news:
On Saturday, we discussed what it would mean if the Kevin Burnett deal was finalized in Oakland. Well, now the deal is done and we will discuss what changes could be in store for the Raiders' defense in an upcoming post.
Denver coach John Fox told reporters at the NFL owners meetings that the team isn’t closing the door on re-signing Elvis Dumervil. Add the Steelers to the list of the teams interested in Dumervil.
The Jets reportedly are interested in signing former Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was recently cut by the team.
In an Insider piece, Matt Williamson thinks the Chiefs can make a playoff run after all of the work they’ve accomplished this offseason.