Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid confirmed reports earlier Thursday from ESPN and The Miami Herald that the Dolphins have received permission to speak with the agent for left tackle Branden Albert, the subject of trade conversations between the teams.
Reid told ESPN that the Dolphins will not receive permission to either meet with Albert or give him a physical until a substantive trade offer is made.
The Dolphins and Chiefs have had serious talks about Albert, but no conversations the past two days, Reid said.
Albert is under contract for next season at $9.8 million, but that salary can be lowered if a long-term deal is struck between Albert and any team trading for him.
The Dolphins want to know if they can reach a multiyear agreement with Albert before deciding whether to give up a second-round pick for him. The Dolphins and Albert’s representation have had conversations about financial parameters of a deal.
But both teams are still trying to decide if this is a move they want to make. Albert missed three games with a back injury last season.
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said on a Thursday conference call that he would advise against most teams pursuing Albert but believes it’s a good idea for the Dolphins. “Miami has already pushed the chips out there, but you can’t compete without a left tackle,” he said. “Miami is one of the teams that has to stand up and go get him.”