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Draft week: Will Ireland panic on Branden Albert?

Jeff Ireland has generally not been one to panic throughout his tenure as the Dolphins general manager.

Once he realized that Chad Henne was not the answer as Miami's franchise quarterback, he didn't panic and pick Ryan Mallett in the 2011 draft. He didn't panic and make the deal for Kyle Orton later that summer. He didn't panic earlier this offseason and give cornerback Brent Grimes or tight end Dustin Keller multi-year deals. He didn't panic and fill an offensive line need by immediately committing to Eric Winston -- either last year or this year.

Indeed, the only Ireland move I can really think would even come close to being a panic move was the trade up for running back Daniel Thomas in the second round of the 2011 draft. The Dolphins desperately needed running back help after moving on from Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams and apparently feared losing out on Thomas so the move was made.

Despite that one apparent indiscretion, Ireland has been a fairly cool customer when it comes to acquiring players. (No, he doesn't always get the right one. No one does. But he doesn't get flustered about going after anyone, either). He certainly played it cool with left tackle Jake Long and that is one reason I've confirmed Long went to the St. Louis Rams.

Seems Long didn't think the Dolphins showed him enough love or respect, probably by the structure of their offers to him, to return to Miami.

And that brings us to the Branden Albert situation.

Albert is the Kansas City Chiefs left tackle who is on the trade block. And the Dolphins have shown considerable interest. But the interest has not been to the point where the Dolphins had offered the Chiefs a trade proposal as of this writing. The interest had not been to the point where the Dolphins had worked out a contract with Albert's agent as of this writing.

Ireland had so far played it cool. 

As of Sunday afternoon, this was still in the pending file.

But as this is officially the dawn of draft week, and all three parties -- the Chiefs, the Dolphins and the Albert camp -- would like a resolution to the issue that involves them all, the pressure on Ireland is about to mount exponentially. And pressure often causes folks to panic.

Because the draft is less than four days away, the Albert camp wants the Dolphins to get a deal done. The Chiefs want to bring this to some sort of conclusion because they'd like to know if Albert is going to be on their roster or if they're going to have an extra draft choice -- a fairly high one apparently -- for Albert.

And there is a certain amount of pressure on the Dolphins to figure out both draft compensation and a contract for Albert if that's the direction they're going to go. And if that's not the direction they're going to go, the Dolphins need to figure out how else they'll solve their left tackle vacancy that apparently they're not thrilled with Jonathan Martin filling.

So, yes, there is pressure. And this is about the time someone might panic.

Will it be Ireland?

He's the most likely choice of the three parties involved.

Albert's camp doesn't have to panic. They've got a signed franchise tag they're holding which guarantees the player $9.8 million in 2013. Yes, they want a multi-year deal. But are they going to cave to get that done?

Absolutely not. Indeed, the Albert camp believes it is working from a position of strength. They have a guaranteed one-year deal. They have a player that can hit the free agent market next year and get major bucks because it's unlikely the Chiefs would franchise him again at 120 percent of this year's cap value. They also have a suitor on the line for a multi-year deal. So there is not real timing pressure on them.

And that's why I'm told Albert wants to get paid. He wants a contract that is better than the four-year, $34 million deal with $16 million guaranteed the Rams gave Jake Long.

Yes, Branden Albert expects to get a better deal from the Dolphins than Jake Long ultimately believed the Dolphins were offering him. Now, one can play with the numbers. It's possible the Dolphins' offer to Long might have been higher than the Rams' but was structured in such a way as to make it easy to get rid of him after one year if he was injured again.

But on the face, Albert wants to do better than the deal Long thought was the best one on the table.

And they're not under undo pressure.

The Chiefs are playing it coy, too. They've not giving Miami permission to speak with Albert personally or give him a physical until they have a signficant trade offer on the table. And as of this writing, that was not yet the case.

They can argue they'll draft as planned and simply keep Albert and there will be opportunities to trade him later. Of course, we know this is posturing. The Chiefs want the draft pick compensation for Albert by Friday the latest. And if they don't get it by then, they're losing the maximum benefit of trading him. But I'm simply telling you what they might be pitching as a stance.

Ireland and the Dolphins?

They seem more desperate. They don't have a left tackle. The veil of using Martin as the answer has been removed. That's not what the team wants. That would only be the last resort move.

They aren't going to ransom their entire draft to trade up for Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher as those two left tackles might go No. 1 and No. 2 when the draft begins Thursday. They're not in love with Lane Johnson enough to mortgage a signficant part of their draft to trade up for him. (Maybe if he drops to them, they go with him. But trade up for him? Not in the plans as of today).

So what's left? Pick the fourth-best left tackle and hope?

It's a time for lesser men to panic because there are not wonderful options.

But this is my advice to Jeff Ireland:

Do you. Be yourself. Do not panic.

Paying Branden Albert -- a good but not great left tackle -- like he's an elite left tackle is not a palatable move to begin with. And paying a 2013 second- or third-round pick to Kansas City for the privilege makes it less appealing.

So hold fast.

Offer a 2014 second-rounder instead of 2013.

If it must be a 2013 pick, make absolutely sure that it's the second of Miami's two second-rounders (Nos. 42 and 54) and make sure that a trade down from No. 12 in the first round is available so you can regain that extra pick to mitigate the sting of trading for Albert.

(That likely means waiting until Thursday because very few teams will be willing to make a pre-draft trade for the No. 12 overall selection before then). 

If the Chiefs don't want to budge, call their bluff. Seriously. What are they going to do after picking Joeckel? They have to trade Albert. So wait them out.

If Thursday comes an goes and Friday comes and goes, Braden Albert will still be on the trade block. And then the pressure on K.C. will indeed mount. They're not going to waive the guy. Make the trade for a '14 pick. Give them that second-rounder, tell them they beat you up, shake their hand and call it a day -- all the while knowing they didn't win because they didn't take your current picks.

Remember Jimmy Johnson's old axiom: A second-rounder next year is like giving up a third-rounder this year because experience and maturity will likely cause the third-rounder to produce faster and more. So giving up a second next year for Albert is more of a bargain for Miami.

That strategy would give the team Albert this year, plus its full complement of draft picks this year. And that 2014 pick you trade away might be a lower selection anyway if your moves this year pay the kind of dividends you expect and you're in the playoffs.

Does waiting out K.C. come with risk?

Of course it does. Maybe another team jumps into the picture. Maybe the Chiefs rethink their strategy and keep Albert.

But those risks seem marginal. Albert's been on the market for a while and no one else has stepped up. And Albert has made it known to the Chiefs he's dead set against playing right tackle so he's causing them some pressure on that front.

Look, this deal could be done by Monday night or Tuesday if Jeff Ireland panics. Yes, he'd immediately have the solution to his left tackle issue. But the move would seem unthoughtful in the wake of losing Jake Long because the cost would be higher on multiple fronts (trade compensation as well as big contract compensation to the player).

Or ...

Ireland could strap his belt a notch tighter and hold his breath. He could wait out the Chiefs and the chances he'd get Albert could diminish. There's uncertainty there admittedly.

But sometimes testing that uncertainty is better than being the guy that panics.

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Can you imagine if the Jets at 9 and 13 picks in the first round take Austin and Eifert!!!

Posted by: John | April 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Yeah! Then imagine what they would look like with an actual QB on their team!

Odin,

Im so confused. Why would we find a Viking god posting on Armando's blog? Can you please answer?

DASHI IS A CELLAR FAN.....

WHO SAID HE COULD TELL ANY OF US IF MALLET A BUST OR NOT ?

HOYER WAS RELEASED A YEAR AGO B/C THE PATS ARE VERY IMPRESSED WITH MALET...

THA'S A FACT ..

THE REST IS TRASH TALK BY A CELLAR FAN NAMED ...DASHI.

The flip side to the argument, Mallet is Belicheks best option to back up Brady. Smart coaches know it is important to have a competant back up.

One can assume the postive side just as easliy as the negative side.

The differece is, I don't claim to know that which I can't really know. Either side of the story is possible.

Some of us though like to imagine our guesses are facts.

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Very good post

ALoco,

It has been posted here that the lovely Maria is really the handsome Mario. Is this true?


odin why do you come running like a snarling puppy dog everytime someone challenges your dashi?

Posted by: daSheba's Big Gulp | April 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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Kris had been debating Dashi for awhile and I haven't had a problem with either. Even chimed in on it and gave MY OWN OPINION.

You on the other hand(and some of your aliases)are just piling on and talking a bunch of dumb shyt, with no regard for Football whatsoever.

You figure it out Einstein.

Oh yeah, Bhwaaaaaaa Haaaaa Haaaaaa - Bite Me Monkey Boy-ROTFLMAO and a:

Valhalla To You Too Sissy Fried Shrimp Boy.

Oooooooooooooooo..............

Now What..................?

Odin,

Are you really a Viking god?

Lots of hate on Vikings tonight. Yes they were violent but compared to who? Ever read what the Spanish did in South America, Central America and Mexico in 1500-1600s? Tortured, murdered, ripped off millions in gold, silver and emeralds.
How about the Catholic inquistion that tortured and killed thousands.
How about the Khmer Rouge in Indo China? Or Stalin killing more of his own people than Hitler killed Jews?

I believe dashi invented the universe and created god.

Me And Odin Disagree On A lot Of Things.

Difference Is We Explain Our Point Of View To Each Other. Doesn't Mean We Will End Up Agreeing. Just That We Explain.

What I Have Been Asking For All Day And All I Get Is "Dashi Said"!! I Know What Dashi Said. We All Know What Dashi Said. EXPLAIN YOUR SIDE. WHY WILL R. MALLETT BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE NFL?

And Which One Is It?

One Day, Dashi And Odin Are The Same Person. Another Day, Me And Odin Agree On Everything.

Which One Is It?

You Decide.

Cause You Bring Up The Same 2 Ignorant Statements Every Day.

YG...

DO WANT A FIGHT WITH ME ?


B/C I CAN FIGHT YOU..

cocoajoe is correct, and the list does not end there.

I miss Pee Wee Herman.

Posted by: ALoco | April 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I don't want to fight with you buddy. I was only making you aware of the fact that las week a poster posted the lovely Maria is really the handsome Mario.

Is this true?


ALoco,

According to Viking law, You will be Odin's b!tch for eternity in Val-hell-a!

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | April 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM
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Again, you are getting VERY close.

Actually, in Valhalla, I will give ALoco to Debo and he will be his BE-Atch ;)

Valhalla!!!!


The flip side to the argument, Mallet is Belicheks best option to back up Brady. Smart coaches know it is important to have a competant back up.

One can assume the postive side just as easliy as the negative side.

The differece is, I don't claim to know that which I can't really know. Either side of the story is possible.

Some of us though like to imagine our guesses are facts.

Posted by: daSheba's Big Gulp | April 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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There you GO!

That's my BIG BOY!

Was that so difficult?

I don't have a problem in the world with a post like that.

YG....SOME ONE POSTED THE OTHER NIGHT THAT YOU R GAY ,IS THAT TRUE .?????


MY ANSWERE TO YOUR Q IS NO ...

MARIA IS MY LOVELY GIRL......

ALoco,

It doesn't sound very well for you. Odin has stated he will give you to be DEBO'S eternal b!tch in Vahella.

Oh no...... not Debo!

The flip side to the argument, Mallet is Belicheks best option to back up Brady. Smart coaches know it is important to have a competant back up.

One can assume the postive side just as easliy as the negative side.

The differece is, I don't claim to know that which I can't really know. Either side of the story is possible.

Some of us though like to imagine our guesses are facts.

Posted by: daSheba's Big Gulp | April 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM

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The First Time Somebody Gave A Reason On Why To Keep Mallett. And It Wasn't Kris.

The Only 2 Valid Points On Mallett Were Brought Up By People Not Named Kris.

And Kris Is The One That Wanted To Draft Him In The First. Why Doesn't Kris Want To Explain Why Mallett Will Be A Success?

And You Explained Why The Pats Might Want To Keep Him. Not Why Mallett Will Be A Good NFL QB.

ALoco,

Yes it is true. Im gay. Im a lesbian trapped in a man's body! Im Butch as fvck!


Odin,

Im so confused. Why would we find a Viking god posting on Armando's blog? Can you please answer?

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | April 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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Well.........I created Don Shula for a Reason. In him I created The Ultimate Warrior!

After that.......I dunno.......I just kind of fell in Love with Flipper. He's looks like such a cute, cuddly Little Dolphin.

(Ahem).......I mean a TOUGH.......Viking Warrior.....of a Dolphin.

(How bout we keep this between you and I......?)

Odin Has Spoken!!!!

ALoco,

There you have it. I love women more than any man ever could. LOL...

ALOCO,

SERIOUS QUESTION

WILL WE FIND ANY CRUMBS ON THE CELLAR FLOOR THIS YEAR?

ALoco,

Yes it is true. Im gay.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | April 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

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The Truth Finally Comes Out.

How can anyone explain whether Mallet will be a good player or not until he starts for several games?

Nobody can explain what they can't see. We all know how many guaranteed #1 picks have been busts. You have to see them in action to know.

That is the point. Let's not confuse guesses with facts. We do not know. Belichek may have an idea, but we have no idea.

ALOCO,

IS IT TRUE THE SWEAT FROM YOUR BALLS ARE NOW PATENTED?

DASHI,

NOW THAT YOU KNOW IM GAY LESBIAN. WHEN ARE YOUR MOTHER AND I GOING TO MEET?

DASHI,

BEING A GAY LESBIAN TRAPPED INSIDE OF A MAN'S BODY. IF I HOOKED UP WITH YOUR MOM. DOES IT MAKE ME BOTH YOUR STEP MOM AND YOUR STEP DADDY?


The Normans were Vikings. The King gave them the land for a deal to give back the rest of France and not invade it again.

In other words, The Vikings(That settled there and became The Normans)made the King a Deal he couldn't refuse.

The Series is OK for entertainment purposes, but I have some major problems with Historical accuracies.

Posted by: odinseye | April 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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Basically correct. The Normans (north men) by the time of the invasion had intermarried with the French and taken some of their customs and spoke Norman French. The battle of Hastings (when Normans conquered England) is interesting to me because king Harold (Saxon) had just marched north something like 200 miles to defeat Herald Hadrada a Viking....marched back south and had to fight the Normans. Interesting because my family tree is Norge and Dane both by the way of England and then American immigration. Also interesting to me is, there really wasn't too much diff between Saxons and Vikings

YG,

Gay Or Lesbian It Doesn't Matter To Dashi. You Are Still A FF!! To Dashi.

And Don't Get Mad. I Let You and ALoco Get All The Jabs In You Want.

Let's talk about Latvian Cashew Vendors and Albanian Clam Jugglers.

DASHI,

NO ONE HERE IS MORE GAY THAN YOU. NO ONE HERE REPEATEDLY OFFERS THEIR MAN POPCYCLE TO THE REST OF THE BLOG AS OFTEN AS YOU.

EVEN WORSE, YOU ENJOY IT MORE THAT THEY SWALLOW! ROTFLMAO...

Ross and Ireland wont panic. They're both in a friggin coma. Oblivious to all results except finances.

YG,

Your Momma Jokes Really.

C'mon Son.

You Have Probably Sucked More Pecker Than Your Own Mother. I Know Of 3 People Your Mom Has Sucked Or Swallowed On This Blog. Dashi, Odin, And ALoco.

And Of 1 She Gave A Dirty Sanchez. Oscar.

Posted by: cocoajoe | April 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM
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Nice post. Because of the conditions in their Homeland, Vikings were often happy to integrate into conquered societies, rather than destroy them.

Many, MANY people have traces of Viking Warrior Blood and don't even know.

I have to say. not many have Viking Warrior Blood and Apache Mix!

You should attend a Family reunion or two of ours-LOL!

Valhalla!!!!

DASHI,

ONE LAST THING. WHEN YOU GO TO HELL, I HOPE THAT YOUR GASOLINE UNDERWEAR ARE A PROPER FIT. LOL...

Ross already may have misled politicians and the public into thinking he was going to put up half the money when it was reported the NFL not Ross was putting up 150 mill. Pretty sneaky, yes?

Dolphins: On The Wild Side.

On the National Geographic Channel right now. Description:

Building Harems, Being violently aggressive and Teaching Offspring how to Capture Anchovies.

And one wonders why Odin loves HIS Dolphins!

Valhalla!!!!

FVCK THE CITY OF MIAMI. MR ROSS I'LL LET THE TEAM PLAY HOME GAMES IN MY BACKYARD FOR FREE.

I WONT EVEN MAKE YOU PAY FOR THE OVERHEAD TARP I'LL PUT UP.

daShiti,

I hope you are finally learning your lesson and that people see you as an immature, scared and naive idiot with a frail ego, sexual frustrations, and various intrapersonal hang ups.

Have a pleasnant evening.

Who is sneakier Loria or Ross?

YG,

I Believe In Reincarnation.

Hell Won't Be Seeing The Dashi For A Couple Lifetimes.

And Even Then I Will Be Having A Blast. Leading The Gangland Gangbang Of Your W'hore Mother.

Pardon Myself. W'hore Is To Nice Of A Word For That Cumrag Mother Of Yours.

daShiti in denial

how many times have you told us you never offend anybody?

DASHI,

BE NICE I SEE YOU'RE HURLING THE ABC BLOCKS IN A 2YR OLD TANTRUM AGAIN. WHAT'S THE MATTER, MOMMY MISPLACED THE PACIFIER? LOL...

YG,

Leave The Mothers Alone.

Stick To Anything Else.

You Can Personal Attack Dashi All You Want. Just Leave My Loved Ones Out. I Respect Everyone's Family. But Talk About Mine And I Will Annihilate Yours.

DASHI,

QUIT HURLING FOOD AT YOUR MOTHER. SHE'S ONLY TRYING TO FEED YOU SON. LOL...

Dashi Says I am Never The First One To Offend. Dashi Knows He Can Be One Of The Most Offensive People On Here. Just That Dashi Doesn't Take The First Swing.

YG, Started With The Momma Comments. Not Dashi.

DASHI,

DONT TAKE IT SO PERSONALLY. YOUR MOTHER'S ONLY THAT 4 LEGGED 2500 LB COW THAT BIRTH YOU INTO THIS WORLD. NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS.

ON A GOOD DAY SHE'S CHEAP STEAK ON YUR PLATE.

Dashi Out.

OOPS...
Sorry, I thought this was a football blog.,

I didn't mean to interrupt your personal vendettas.

DASHI,

YOUR MOM'S CHEAP STEAK ON A PAPER PLATE. THE BEST WAY TO EAT HER IS BY GROUND BEEF.

dashWad

i apologoze if your mommie's breasts were too sore to feed you properly. i was selfish.

Dashi Out.

Posted by: Dashi | April 22, 2013 at 11:19 PM

WE'LL SEE YOU LATER LIL' MOO...............

One Last Thing

Teams That Should Trade A 3rd Rounder Or Better If R. Mallett Was Any Good.

Jacksonville
Cleveland
Buffalo
Jets
Tennessee
Minnesota

Plus

Arizona
Oakland

Could've Been Destinations Early In The Offseason.

And For A 4th Rounder He Might Even Make Sense In St. Louis. With Bradford Reaching The End Of His Deal With Nothing To Show For It. If The Rams Re up Bradford, Fisher Is Even Dumber Than I Thought.

This Will Be The Year To Do It. Mallett Still Has 2 Years On His Deal. And This Is A Real Weak QB Draft.

I agree 100% with Armando. Let's not waste our important rd 2 and 3 picks on someone we can get after the draft, whether it is Albert or Winston. Here is what I think would be a great draft for our Fins:

1. Cooper - G
2. Haydon - DB
2. Montgomery - DE
3. Bailey - WR
3. Barrett Jones - C (move current C to G)
4. Alford - DB
5. Randle - RB
6. Juszcyk - FB

This would give the fins the best interior line for the future and they could go get another tackle next year to help out Martin. Next year they could go after a TE too.

http://nesn.com/2013/04/patriots-release-defensive-tackle-myron-pryor-leaving-just-two-players-left-from-2009-draft/

As You Can See. Dashi Has Been Saying It For A While. But It Is Good When Even The New England Media Knows The Pats Drafting Has Been Suspect The Last Couple Seasons.

Yet, You Guys Claim Players Will Be Good Because Belichick Says So.

Now I'm Out For Real.

I'd trade Tannehill and Hartline for Mallet.

I am going to place the velvet bowl on the chicken.

There are tiny lobsters in your New Mexico cabinet.

Pour gravy on Ernest Borgnine's breasts.

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