This has now opened up a huge void on the Dolphins’ offensive line, as well as suggestions that the Dolphins might explore a trade.
Adam Schefter of ESPN, reported earlier last week that Kansas City were in trade talks with the Miami Dolphins, following Brandon Albert’s decision to sign his franchise tender.
Brandon Albert is due $9 million this year, and while the Dolphins have enough money to sign Albert, they weren’t willing to pay big money to Jake Long.
Although Albert has outperformed Long in the past couple of seasons, there are similarities between the two.
Albert, like Long, had injury problems over the last year, where he was troubled by a back injury for most of November and December. In addition, Albert , at 28, is one year older the Long.
Finally, Albert, like Long, would like a big payday.
While it’s unlikely that money was Long’s sole motivation for moving to St Louis, his decision to leave suggests Miami weren’t willing to part with big money for him.
If that’s the case, then why would they pay even more to sign Albert, who is one year his senior, and also had injury concerns last year?
Albert was very vocal about the decision to franchise tag him.
And equally vocal about not wanting to move to right tackle to accommodate a rookie on the left side, resulting in him shutting down his Twitter account.
There is nothing to suggest Albert doesn’t give his all on the training ground or the gridiron, but “outspoken” is hardly a desirable character trait in Philbin’s locker room.
If all these concerns still don’t put Miami off Albert, then perhaps parting with a draft pick will.
Jeff Ireland has done a good job stockpiling picks for this year’s Draft. Although it wouldn’t be a shock to trade a pick for a player in a draft which is stacked with solid tackles, it hardly seems sensible.
If Miami wanted to give up a second-round pick, as ESPN reported, then why not give up a second and trade up in the draft to pick one of the top-three tackles?
Luke Joeckel may be out of reach, but Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson could be achievable goals. They would not only reinforce the Dolphins’ youth movement, but would also come at a fraction of the price of Albert—without medical or character question marks.
With all things considered, there is a lot that doesn’t make sense around this story.
The cost of getting Albert seems very high, and considering the strong draft class, surely taking a young tackle makes more sense if the Front Office are uncomfortable with Martin protecting Ryan Tannehill’s blindside.
In the end, the move not only looks like one that Miami shouldn’t make, it also resembles a move that Miami won’t make.
And don’t forget, the Dolphins were linked with trading a second-round pick for Ravens’ tight end, Dennis Pitta, late last week.
Those rumours merely preceded Miami’s signing of Dustin Keller.