Trade talks that would send left tackle Branden Albert from the Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins appear to be heating up.
No deal appeared imminent Wednesday night, but a report by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel cited multiple league sources in characterizing the talks between the Chiefs and Dolphins as being "extensive" on the matter.
The Chiefs are thought to be seeking at least a second-round pick in the NFL draft next week. The Dolphins have two second-round picks this year, numbers 42 and 54 overall. The 54th pick went to Miami in a previous trade with the Indianapolis Colts.
After failing to agree on terms of a multi-year contract with Albert, their starting left tackle since 2008, the Chiefs designated him as their franchise player last month. They were then obligated to offer Albert a one-year contract worth about $9.83 million.
Albert recently signed the contract, but has made his unhappiness with the situation public, saying he wouldn’t report to offseason workouts with the Chiefs until he gets some guarantees about his future.
Albert has been absent from the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason program -- their only absence, in fact -- since it began two weeks ago. Their three-day mini-camp concludes today.
Donald Stephenson, a third-round draft pick, has been their left tackle in Albert’s absence. The Chiefs hold the first overall pick in the draft and two of the top available prospects, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, are tackles.