The Dolphins have had serious talks with the Kansas City Chiefs about a potential trade for left tackle Branden Albert, according to a source. The Chiefs want a second-round pick in return, and Miami has two second-round picks in next week’s NFL Draft.
Albert signed his franchise tag tender for $9.8 million, but he and the Dolphins could agree to a long-term deal if a trade is agreed upon. Albert has started the past five seasons for the Chiefs and was ranked 25th among all tackles by Pro Football Focus last season. The Chiefs also have spoken to other teams about Albert.
Miami continues to look for a tackle after losing Jake Long to St. Louis.
Philbin to speak
In just his second year as an NFL head coach, the Dolphins’ Joe Philbin has emerged as an influential figure in league circles.
The NFL announced Wednesday that Philbin and Dolphins contract negotiator Dawn Aponte will speak at the NFL Career Development Symposium, held May 6-8 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. The three-day program is intended to educate and assist aspiring head coach and general manager candidates with keynote speakers, panel discussions and other networking opportunities.
The symposium comes after minority candidates were passed over for all 15 of the league’s top-level openings this offseason. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last month that he was “disappointed in the results” of the Rooney Rule, which mandates NFL franchises interview minority candidates every time there is a coaching or general manager opening.
“We are pleased to offer this program to provide a diverse group of coaching and front office talent with the tools and networking opportunities to take the next step in their careers,” Goodell said Wednesday in a written release. “This symposium will help develop our coaching and front office pipeline and build on the progress we have made over the past decade.”
Along with Philbin and Aponte, other notable presenters include Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
For Philbin, the announcement comes the same week he was named to the Coaches Subcommittee of the NFL’s Competition Committee, a seven-man board that debates player safety, competitive issues, coaching and personnel development and technological innovations.
The Dolphins hired Philbin, then a career assistant, as their head coach in January 2012. His team went 7-9 in his first season.
Hall of Fame offensive guard Larry Little will announce the Dolphins’ second- and third-round selections in the NFL Draft from Radio City Music Hall in New York.