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NFL news roundup: Branden Albert trade 'dead,' Jets won't pressure Geno Smith

Brandon Albert, Geno Smith and much more in your Thursday morning news roundup.


The post-draft quotes and discussion, along with the last flurry of free agent signings, are both the final two things we've got before the truly boring portion of the NFL offseason sets in. Fortunately, there's plenty to talk about in the here and now, so let's dive right into it with what you might have missed on Wednesday.

Brandon Albert trade is dead

Perhaps the biggest news revolved around the potential trade of offensive tackle Branden Albert from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins. On Wednesday, it was reported that trade talks are "dead" between the two teams. Many figured it was just a matter of time before a deal got done, but the Dolphins haven't given the Chiefs what they're after.

Kansas City, on the other hand, drafted Eric Fisher with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, so they have their franchise left tackle of the future. That said, it now seems like the Chiefs will try to get a long-term deal done for Albert to really solidify both tackle positions, which would certainly help the new regime and quarterback Alex Smith. The folks over at Arrowhead Pride discussed the possibility:

I would LOVE if the Chiefs could come to an agreement with Albert. That would give the Chiefs bookend tackles (sorta like how they had with Albert and Winston but that's another story) for a number of years. My initial reaction upon hearing this report doesn't give me any confidence that they will do a deal. I do think it's possible Albert plays in Kansas City in 2013 given he's under the franchise tag. But right now I would not bet money on him being here beyond that.

Coples moving outside

Another interesting piece of news came when ESPN reported New York Jets' Quinton Coples will make the transition to a 3-4 outside linebacker. It's an interesting switch, given that Coples played inside on the defensive line last season. Usually, you'll see ends make the transition as they are the primary pass rushers already, but Coples will move outside and stand up. However, with the multiple fronts in New York, it wouldn't be surprising to see him play down a good bit, as well.

Geno to start?

Sticking with the Jets, it came out on Wednesday that the team would not pressure rookie quarterback Geno Smith. In other words, there is no pressure on Smith to come in and take over the starting job right away, so he'll have time to sit back and learn the ropes.

That said, many feel that Smith will win the starting job, because he will definitely be competing for the role from the onset. Mark Sanchez was the starter last year and has not been good, given his inability to throw for even a 57 percent completion percentage and the fact that he is one of the worst quarterbacks in the league at protecting the football. David Garrard is also in the mix as well, and will presumably be a good mentor for Smith.

Urlacher's replacement

The Chicago Bears are going to play without Brian Urlacher not for the first time, as he's been injured a lot in recent years, but without him on the roster for the first time. They're transitioning to Jon Bostic in the middle of their defense, as the team envisions Bostic as a starter in the future.

Many think Bostic can compete for the starting job in his rookie season, though he'll have to deal with guys like D.J. Williams and James Anderson. Williams was brought in to take over the job in free agency before the NFL Draft, so he's the favorite to win the job as of now, but Bostic will likely see the field a good deal in 2013. Over at Windy City Gridiron, they suggested that Bostic would greatly benefit from a year of development behind Williams.

Sherman traded

The other big news on Wednesday was a trade. The Kansas City Chiefs sent cornerback and returner Javier Arenas to the Arizona Cardinals for fullback Anthony Sherman. The value of both players seems to line up well, especially given the needs for both teams.

Arizona needed another cornerback and could use another option in the return game, while the Chiefs hope Sherman will win the starting job at fullback. On top of that, as noted at Revenge of the Birds, the Cardinals won't use a fullback all that much under the new offensive scheme.

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