It may be posturing, but the Miami Dolphins don’t seem to be inclined to trade for Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert, based on the latest comments by Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
Ireland was asked after the Dolphins traded up in the first round Thursday night and selected defensive end Dion Jordan if there was an update on a trade for Albert.
“Right now, it’s nowhere, fellas,” Ireland said. “We’re nowhere on that thing right now. That’s what I can tell you. … The Kansas City deal I can say is nowhere … information gets out fellas, but sometimes they’re not what they appear.”
The Dolphins are in need of an offensive tackle to replace Jake Long, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with St. Louis. The Chiefs were hoping to trade Albert to Miami for at least the first of the Dolphins’ two second-round picks, but Miami traded that pick to Oakland in the move to take Jordan.
The Chiefs are without a second-round pick, because they traded it to San Francisco for quarterback Alex Smith.
Albert is seeking a long-term contract beyond the one-year, $9.8 million deal he is guaranteed as the Chiefs’ franchise player.
Ireland said he was hopeful of finding an offensive tackle when the draft resumes with the second and third rounds today.
“We’ll see,” he said. “We’re certainly going to hopefully address several different positions. Maybe offensive line’s one of them.”