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No developments in Miami Dolphins’ pursuit of Branden Albert

 
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Another day came and went, yet Branden Albert remained a member of the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday.

But if the rumored trade to the Dolphins ever gets consummated, Albert would join a friendly locker room. He already has a big fan in Mike Pouncey.

“That would be nice,” Pouncey, the Dolphins’ starting center and arguably their best offensive lineman, said when asked about his team trading for Albert.

“When you’ve got to replace a guy like Jake Long, you need an elite-caliber type player to play that position. Left tackle is obviously the hardest position on the offensive line. You’re going up against the best guys, week in and week out. I think [Albert] would be a great fit for us.”

The clock for such a deal is most certainly ticking. Late Friday afternoon appears to be the deadline. But any one of several factors could be gumming up the works.

The Chiefs reportedly want one of Miami’s two second-round picks, and Albert wants to be paid as an elite tackle. What remains unclear: If the Dolphins are willing to give Albert a top-end, multiyear contract, when they didn’t give the same to Long last month.

Miami’s starting tackles are Jonathan Martin and Nate Garner, both of whom participated in the team’s fishing event with local youths Tuesday.

Martin finished 2012 as the team’s left tackle — where he played in college — but would slide back to right if the Albert trade gets done. Martin’s top goal this offseason has been to put on weight. He claims he has added 15 pounds in the past three months, saying he’s up to 320 pounds.

So Martin has the heft needed to play right tackle, if so instructed. But as of Tuesday afternoon, he had not been told by Dolphins coaches which side to focus on.

“I played left for so long, so I’m still a little more comfortable there, but I think I can play both positions comfortably,” Martin said. “I know [Albert] is a good player. He’s a veteran. He’s a guy [who has] been around for a long time. Any time you can add a great player to your team, you want to take advantage of that.”

Odds and ends

• In recent weeks, quarterback Ryan Tannehill has watched tape of every throw he made in 2012, evaluating his mechanics and the decisions he made at the line of scrimmage.

“I’m really trying to improve on the things I didn’t do well last year,” Tannehill said Tuesday. “Get better at the things I did do OK, and go from there.”

• Right guard John Jerry is under orders to keep his weight down, and he said he has so far.

“I’m right where I need to be,” said Jerry, who would not disclose his current weight. “It’s important. But at the same time, I started early, so I’m ahead of schedule.”

• The Dolphins will offer free skin cancer screenings at Thursday’s draft party, and again Saturday at Fin Fest. Coach Joe Philbin is a skin cancer survivor.

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