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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chiefs' Branden Albert to test free agency, Dolphins a possibility

By on 2/26/2014 02:00:00 PM

As unconfirmed reports that the Kansas City Chiefs' left tackle Branden Albert would move on once free agency begins on March 11 continue to surface, the Chiefs remained tight lipped on the topic at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, reports Josh Alper of NBC Sports.

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As Chiefs' General Manager John Dorsey does not want to address the reports, the Miami Dolphins are not being coy about their interest in Albert.

Miami, still recovering from the emotional scarring left behind by the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito harassment scandal, must also deal with rebuilding their offensive line. They potentially face starting the season with five new players.

This is not the first encounter between the Dolphins and Albert. Last year the organization entered into trade talks which subsequently broke down because Kansas City refused to have Albert undergo a medical exam. The Dolphins walked, not wanting to waste time and money negotiating without knowing the status of Albert's back.

Albert has battled rumors of having back issues since the 2012 season. In the Chiefs' Week 11 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, the LT had to leave the game due to an apparent flare up and missed five games that year.

Last season, Albert went down in Week 2 against Dallas with what turned out to be an AC shoulder strain (left arm). He was carted off the field with a hyper-extended left knee in the Week 11 game against the Denver Broncos and did not play in the Week 12 game against the Redskins. He missed a total of four games due to injury in 2013.

Although Miami is ready and willing to dig deep in their pockets to invest in the left tackle position going after an older player with an injury record like Albert's could be risky. Add in to the mix the Arizona Cardinals who are reportedly interested in Albert just as much as the Dolphins and Miami could be in a bidding war for an oft-injured player.

The Chiefs reportedly are still in talks with Albert. However, if he is on the market as an unrestricted free agent the Dolphins are likely to make a run for him. Catch 22 is making sure they don't end up paying top dollar for an older player with an injury plagued past and a questionable future.


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