Albert's price too high for Dolphins?

March, 22, 2013
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As the Miami Dolphins continue their search for a starting offensive tackle, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports a new development out of Kansas City.

The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly seeking a second-round pick in this year’s draft and an additional pick in 2014 for starting left tackle Branden Albert, according to Schefter. Albert was recently given the franchise tag by the Chiefs, but they are also the favorites for Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 overall pick. So Kansas City is looking to move Albert.

But is the asking price too much for Miami?

The Dolphins have the draft capital and cap space to work out a trade with Kansas City. Miami is looking for a replacement at left tackle for former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long, who signed with the St. Louis Rams. However, Albert would be costly.

Not only would Miami have to trade a second-round pick and an additional pick next season, Albert is looking for a sizable, multi-year extension. The Dolphins just handed out big contracts to receiver Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe in free agency. A third to Albert would further tighten Miami's salary cap for the next 2-3 years.

The Dolphins have more cost-effective options currently on the free-agent market, such as offensive tackles Eric Winston and Sebastian Vollmer. Both play primarily on the right side. That means Dolphins 2012 second-round pick Jonathan Martin would be a candidate to move to left tackle. But with this option, the Dolphins would keep their two draft picks and sign a starting offensive tackle at a more affordable rate.

Miami general manager Jeff Ireland has been free spending this offseason. But at some point the Dolphins need to pull back and tighten their pocketbooks. Albert is a good player, but the compensation and ensuing contract extension may be too costly for Miami.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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