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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Branden Albert, Dolphins can talk

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The Chiefs have given the Miami Dolphins permission to talk to the agent for left tackle Branden Albert to help facilitate a trade, Kansas City coach Andy Reid confirmed to ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Thursday.

Albert, who lives in Miami, is expected to visit the Dolphins' facility in the next couple of days for a physical, a source told ESPN's John Clayton. However, Reid said the Chiefs have not given permission to the Dolphins to visit with Albert, give him a physical or speak with him directly because the two sides have not made any substantive progress on talks.

Reid later attributed the miscommunication to not fully comprehending a brief discussion with general manager John Dorsey, who had told the coach that there had been no communication between the involved parties for "a couple of days."

"I goofed that up," Reid told 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 (by the media) 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."

Even though he signed his franchise tender, worth $9.82 million for 2013, Albert has skipped the Chiefs' voluntary offseason program. Albert has said he wants a long-term deal, then took to Twitter to express his disapproval with the notion he might move to the right side.

"I want that long-term commitment," Albert told the NFL Network earlier this month. "But as you know in football, you don't have too much control of the situation. I want to play for the Chiefs, but I want that commitment long term."

If the Dolphins can work out something with Albert, they would give up one of their two second-round picks to make the trade.

Information from ESPN's John Clayton and Chris Mortensen and The Associated Press was used in this report.