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Branden Albert available as a LT option

During the NFL annual meeting, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland talked about how everything is on the table as far as making the team better. He mentioned free agency in all its forms, from street free agents to top-end free agents to lower-rung free agents. Obviously he mentioned the draft.

And he mentioned trades.

And so I have to throw this out there now:

The Chiefs have left tackle Branden Albert on the trade market.

The Dolphins, who are moving up after deciding Jake Long and his questionable injury history were too pricey to retain for $8.5 million per season, need a left tackle. Yes, the club has Jonathan Martin on the roster and he finished out the 2012 season at the position. But as coach Joe Philbin said "there's a lot of time between now and September. A lot of things could happen ... "

Trades are one of those things that can happen. Specifically this trade. The Dolphins will at least be investigating the possibility and likely will be interested in pursuing it.

Albert is not cheap. The Chiefs want a second round pick for him this year, according to multiple reports. There is also the likelihood another conditional pick in 2014 could be involved.

That's a steep price.

And then you have to consider the Dolphins, or any team paying that compensation, would also have to sign Albert to a long-term deal. And that deal would probably cost aroud $8 million per year.

Expensive for a player I'm not all that certain is great. I mean, he's good enough that the Chiefs put a franchise tag on him. But he's not so good that they are unwilling to trade him. He's not so good that they clearly believe a rookie left tackle in the draft would be an upgrade because that player would be younger, cheaper and, yes, possibly a better player, too.

The Dolphins have two second-round picks. They also have two third round picks.

As the Kansas City asking price is a second-rounder, I might not mind offering a third. I doubt any third-rounder Miami picks up this year would start right away as Albert would so it might be a good deal for Miami.

At any rate it deserves consideration. And I'm sure the Dolphins are considering it.

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$8m a steal?? You do realize that would put him in the top 10 for tackles in the NFL by cap hit in 2013... not exactly a steal...

LET THE PLAN DEVELOP! Albert too expensive for the suggested price of high pick/big contract. This team (2nd youngest in the league) could use some seasoned players for leadership, but BA is WAY too expensive. Winston would be a good investment for this and many opportunities for LT and other needs THROUGH THE DRAFT.

We also have some young players already in-house that could compete so, while we need to replace Long, we don't have to make panicked moves. Find the right quick LT that can handle our developing Zone scheme!

Just because we have the $$$ doesn't mean we have to spend it all unwisely. Great article in the Finsiders about next year's cap estimates--even if partially right, it shows how well the FO is managing their plan). Ireland and the FO are showing some pretty good talent and the DRAFT remains the KEY to the future. Sure, much talk about winning now, but the Phins have a chance to build themselves to be the next top of the AFC East. You don't need to use a 1st and 2nd for trading up to get one of the top LT (PROSPECTS)...Our 12th and a third should add up to enough to do it (or with a low conditional next year?) if we have a chance to get one of the top LT's and if player is on our BAP list) I would not necessrily be unhappy with bundling to move up for that scenario. Otherwise, stay the course and just make wise draft picks...

Ravens about to sign Dumervil?

Leave our draft picks alone. I would not give the Chiefs a 2nd or a third for him . He has back issues, Why don't we do what 9ers did when they snookerd the Ravens and got Boldin for a 6th. Thats what i would offer the Chiefs. If we want a Lt so bad i would use that 2nd round pick to move up and get Eric Fisher.

Keep an eye out for Yeatman.. the TE turned tackle... currently on the Fins roster

Even a 3rd rounder could mean a prospect like Stedman Bailey, Ryan Swope, Quanterus Smith, Sean Porter, DJ Swearinger, etc.

Osi Umeryori looks better the more I think of it. If he could only come here and continue to be a "BRADY KILLER". He would be well worth the little we pay for him.

Believe me, Tom Brady does not want to Osi become a Miami Dolphin. Especially if he's still the Brady Killer he was in the past.

SWALLER IT

Keep an eye out for Yeatman.. the TE turned tackle... currently on the Fins roster

Posted by: mattybfromnc | March 22, 2013 at 02:13 PM


Sorry Matty,

No one in their right mind want to see Will Yeatman become a starting tackle. There's no guarantee he's even quality depth at the position.

Possibly he could add an element of of tackle eligible on a short yardage run down. But even if we did that, there's no guarantee he catches the ball.

After all, there's a reason he was converted from TE to Tackle. Making him a starting tackle could bring back shades of "Mark Columbo".

BOLDERDASH

Stupid idea trading for this guy, considering he'll probably be injured by week 2 and will cost Jake Long money... Pass!

THATS WHAT SHE SAID

Clue,

agreed. No Need To Draft A RB 4th If E.Lacy Is The #12 Pick. That is Just My Insurance Policy If We Can't Get E.Lacy At #12.

D.Thomas Doesn't Look Like He Will Make It. I Love L.Miller, I Like Thigpen, and Even Feel J.Grey Can Be A Hidden Gem. But D.Thomas has Already Made Me Doubt Him. And To Me This Is His Last Season If He Doesn't Prove Anything.

I'm not seeing Ireland give up any picks for a LT when there are so many other options including drafting one high. I'm actually warming to that idea. Have the rook and Martin compete in camp for the starting role. Loser moves to RT and Garner can be the primary sub.

MARK IN TORONTO.....

You are absolutely out of your mind if youre not sold on Tide players coming out this year. Rolando Mcclain was from the Shula era. These are Saben boys, and like Saban or not he is a college recruiting genius. IE

Millner best cb
Lacey best rb
All 3 olinemen in top 20
Williams 2nd best nt coming out

cmon join the smart kids and learn to love the tide....we know it aint hockey but hey...RTR

Dashi I'm happy with our running back situation to be honest. If anything take a flyer on Lattimore in the later rounds depending on his Pro day workout with USC next week.

BRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP

Even if considering trading for Albert, you wait until after the draft. If KC draft's LT first overall, then the price for Albert has to go down. Possibly a 3rd rd'er at best.

KC would be forced to take a lower offer at that point because the new LT would be the starter ad they still have to pay the franchise tag on Albert if they didn't move him in a fire sale.

First, see what KC's #1 pick is before moving on a trade for Albert. If they don't make LT their 1st pick, then trading Albert is a brain dead move. If they do draft a LT 1st, to get from under Alberts franchise money, they'll have to take a lower offer to move him.

dashi,

Of the many directions we could go with our 1st pick, and the many players we could select, hell would freeze over before Lacy is one of them.

Lamar Miller is the heir apparent starter. Last season, Ireland bragged Miller was one of the picks that was like getting a 2013 1st rd pick in the 3rd rd in 2012.

Anyone thinking Lacy at #12, is in pure fantasy land. Click your thumb and one of your fore fingers together. Be cause fella fin brothers, you all need to "SNAP" the hell out of it.

Draft the running back from Stanford - his last name is Taylor!!!

lACEY IS A PERFECT FIT AT #12

THUNDER AND LIGHTENING = MILLER AND LACEY

This is a great, great fantasy some of you have going, Ed Lacy as our #12 pick. However, don't allow me to burst your air bubbles. LOL...

wE WOULD HAVE A GREAT DREAFT IF EVERYONE OF OUR PICS CAME UT OF THE SEC IN MY OPINION

LACEY LACEY LACEY

I don't want this guy given the huge contract he wants plus the huge compensation in draft picks we would have to pay KC. This draft seems to be loaded with LT, so draft one in the second and third to compete with what we have and sign a RT in FA.

There's far more hope for you guys of blowing soap bubbles through small handled bubble rings, than Ed Lacy becoming our #12.

Please "Pardon The Interruption", Tony Cornheiser/Mike Wilborn, I will disturb you no more. LOL...

Rams now own 2008's 1st and 2nd overall picks. Jake and Chris Long. LOL...

YG4E I'm with you on the fact I highly doubt we go RB with our first. That said anything can happen, and it wouldn't be the first time a GM bucked conventional thought and went against all the mock drafts. Never say never in the NFL.

Well said YG. If Reid believes he can play dirty preseason schemes at the expense of Geno's future and Dolphins' needs, then his team is the first one deserving to be schemed like a *****.

Darkoak,

Bama's oline ranks as one of the most dominating in college football history. Therefore, difficult to analyst is Lacy really great or just good.

Is he a product of the oline? Because the oline is definitely not a product of Lacy. his much is indisputable.

Plus, nfl rb's roles in today's bombs away offenses have significantly dwindled. So why choose a rb at #12 when offenses are scoring a mile a minute?

You only need a great rb in today's nfl, when ahead 14pts, with 5 minutes to play and needing to grind out the clock. Still, that isn't worthy of a #12 pick at the position.

Woodshed, damned Cavs. Couldn't get past NC State, are you kidding me? But they beat Maryland...twice, beat Duke. C'mon. They made me nuts this year. But yeah, I have hope with the youngsters. Still waiting for our next Ralph Sampson though. I know, don't hold my breath.

YG4E I'm kind of hoping to see more of Thigpin in the RB rotation, I really liked what I saw from him last year. He's got great vision while running. With the new rules hamstringing power runners, a shifty back like Thigpin might see the ball more.

YESTERDAY....

WATCH HIS GAMES...YEAH THE HOLES ARE BIG...BUT HE HITS EM FAST AND HARD...AND ONE GUY ISNT GOING TO BRING HIM DOWN. HE IS AN ABSOLUTE BEAST ON THE FIELD. NOT OVERLY FAST BUT HE REMINDS ME OF CHRISTIAN OKOYE. CANT GO WRONG WITH THAT IN THE BACKFIELD.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 22, 2013 at 02:22 PM

I said keep an eye on Will Yeatman... If he is legit after gaining the weight he has and working with the old SD charges line coach.. he could push for the spot.. creating depth.. Ive read they are high on the kid... so dont be sorry.. just watch the kid through camp is all im saying

JET HATER (love that name BTW) what's Lacy's YAC (yards after contact) like? I don't follow college ball at all so I like hearing what people who do have to say on players.

2012's playoffs showed, once in the playoffs, you need to have ability to score point and score them often. The rb's were getting about 15-18 cpg on avg.

You cant play conservative in the playoffs. You have to be able to air it out. After signing Wallace, even Patterson would make more sense at #12 than Lacy.

At least, that's hat last year's playoffs suggests. This much is indisputable.

JET HATTER I HAVE NOT HEARD BEFIORE OF THE ALBAMA PLAYERS YOU SAID BUT ANY WAYS THAT IS STUPID WHAT YOU SAID TRV THEY DRAT ALL PLAYERS FROM SAME COLEGES! THAT IS NOT UNTD THEY DO EVER BUT IS SMART YOU LOOK ALL THE DIFFERENCE SCHOOL THERE IS FOR THE NEW DRST PLAYERS!

darkoak,

We still need a short yardage/goaline rb. homas hasn't exactly proven he can be that, even when healthy.

Javorski Lane hasn't proven he can consistently be that. He started well, but seemed to loose his push power as the season wore on.

We do need to add a shortyardage powerback even if the job has to get done by committee. Or if we can add the right guys to our oline. Who knows, but it doesn't change the fact that the job needs to get done.

Matty,

Got ya'.

A short yardage guy seems like an easy find if you run a platoon back system and that's the only skill set you want from them (as well as hanging onto the damn rock of course). Just grab one in free agency or the draft. I even think Thomas could be that for us in a pinch if his carries are limited to that. Seeing as he is a decent pass blocker it would not be telegraphing what we are doing too much if he was on the field in short yardage situations.

I would rather see us trade down in the 18-24 range and take TE Eifert and pick up an extra 2nd rd pick then take 1 CB Taylor/Wreh Wilson/Amerson 1 OL Armstead/Watson and BPA whether that is DE(Carridine is beast or maybe Okafor) another CB or S with our 3 2nds in no particular order, 3rd rd WR (Swope/Bailey)and BPA for a need/depth. 4th rd I really want us to take RB Lattimore as long as he is still there. Sign OG Moore and vet CB in FA and I think we will be very competitive this year and contenders in 2014 as long as we draft well again next year. Just a thought but who knows.

Posted by: Darkoak | March 22, 2013 at 03:26 PM

Thomas would be the perfect answer to this, but, fin nation's fastly losing hope in him. One training camp or preseason injury and Thomas is sooooo.... out of here.

I see other teams cuts or late draft pick at rb as insurance against Thomas. As we speak, the eggs in Thomas' basket are set near empty.


As we speak, the eggs in Thomas' basket are set near empty.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 22, 2013 at 03:30 PM

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Ummm....what??

The fumbleitis that Thomas has is the worst part. It's one thing to be injured all the time but another to put the rock on the ground routinely. If he has fumble issues in camp he's a goner for sure, maybe even if he only has injury issues in camp.

QUIT DROPPIN THAT ROCK!

ButchVA,

This is exactly what makes our draft so difficult to predict at this point. It could go up, down sideways and cross-sideways up or down.

This draft has more possibilities than living inside of a matrix. We'll definitely have to see how the rest of fa goes go, and it will still be difficult to predict.

ButchVA that doesn't look like too bad a plan, except you have to have a partner to trade down with. Is there a player that someone is desperate to get at 12?

Very strange the situation with the DE position in Miami now. We actually have 2 RDE, Vernon and Odrick and reportedly, we are looking at Dummervill and Osi now. As backups to Wake, other?


It could go up, down sideways and cross-sideways up or down.


Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever!

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What about the eggs in the basket?

I think Dallas is a good possibility to trade down with especially if Johnson is there at 12. May be able to get a 2nd and 4th for that trade.

Canes 59 Pacific 29, 30pt yawnfest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Im out guys, real sht is calling. LOL....

Not sold on the idea that Johnson is going to be THAT MUCH BETTER than Armstead or Watson.

Gotta disagree with Armando wholeheartedly. For the same draft pick we can get a younger player at the same position and pay him far less. Or use the pick to trade up from 12 and get a higher end player, etc. I don't see the need for us to go after other teams higher priced players to our own expensive detriment. I hope Miami isn't foolish enough to be considering this as you suggest in the article.

Right now, today, if I was Phins GM these are the guys I would me targeting in the draft.
Anash
Vacarro
Cyprien
Kyle Long
Gavin Escobar
Lattimore
My Opinion Only for the guys I would like to see in Fins uniforms

LATTIMORE WILL BE A BEAST

You are on MIAMI HURRICANES turf here.

No matteer what the Fins do, they will have an 8-8 season. I do admitt, 2nd @ 2-3rd round picks, nice. i AM ALSO HAPPY AOUT THE MOVES MADE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. WHO KNOWS.

Hey, with Baltimore opening up on the road, the chances have increased for miami to be that team.

1)its a nuetral site

2)it will have a 50-50 fan base--with more ravens fans filling seats than dolphins fans

3) ross will prabably invite more celebs than fans who know football up in the VIP box

4)Miami will have an up close and personal shot at a superbowl banner in a long, long, LONG time.

5) We'll still suck and baltimore will still have won the Super Bowl

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