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Report: Branden Albert trade unlikely unless he lowers contract demands

Branden Albert is reportedly seeking a contract of $8 million ot $9 million annually. (Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) Branden Albert is reportedly seeking a contract of $8 million to $9 million annually. (Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert is seeking between $8 million and $9 million annually in a new contract, complicating a potential trade to the Miami Dolphins ahead of this week's NFL Draft.

Yahoo Sports' Jason Cole reported Sunday that a trade would only happen if Albert, who is currently signed to a one-year franchise tender, brings down his contract demands significantly. The Dolphins refused to match a deal the St. Louis Rams gave to tackle Jake Long, which pays about $8.5 million per season.

The Chiefs are looking to swing a deal with the Dolphins for a second-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. But Cole points out that the move would seem "counterintuitive" for the Dolphins given Albert's current demands, since they just let Long walk away in free agency for less money:

To overpay for Albert and give up a second-round pick to get him would be pretty questionable for the Dolphins. Then again, the idea of having Jonathan Martin at left tackle could force the Dolphins to panic.
Albert, 28, has signed a franchise tender worth $9.82 million next season, but he has not participated in the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason program.

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