Branden Albert trade rumors: Chiefs aim for 2014 2nd-round pick

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Chiefs still want a second-round pick in exchange for Albert.

Even though the 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert remains on the trade block. Kansas City was rumored to want a 2013 second-round pick in exchange for Albert, but are now looking for a 2014 second-round pick, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Miami was rumored to be Albert's top suitor. The Dolphins lost starting left tackle Jake Long in free agency to the St. Louis Rams and have yet to replace him. Miami was reportedly willing to meet Albert's contract demands, but was reluctant to meet Kansas City's trade demands of a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Dolphins entered the 2013 draft with two second-round selections, but instead of trading for Albert, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland packaged one of his two second-round picks in a trade with the Oakland Raiders, moving up from No. 12 to No. 3 in order to select Dion Jordan.

Ireland stated after the draft that he didn't think trading for Albert was "the right thing for the Dolphins," according to the Miami Herald, but didn't rule out trading for Albert in the future.

In addition to the Dolphins, the Lions, Chargers and Cardinals all have a need at left tackle and all could be willing to send Kansas City a second-round pick in exchange for Albert.

Albert is deemed expendable by Kansas City's coaching staff and front office after the Chiefs selected Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick. The Chiefs were hoping to receive a second-round pick in the 2013 draft in exchange for Albert, after sending their own second-rounder to San Francisco in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith.

Kansas City placed the franchise tag on Albert at the beginning of the offseason, ensuring that Albert will earn nearly $10 million in 2013 unless a long-term deal is reached.

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