I totally agree. I will not like this trade at all.. I mean you Are giving up a 2nd pick AND what 7mil per I guess.. Albert is not an elite Tackle like many said here.. Hope it does not happen.
KC would keep Albert if they had 7M laying around.
Albert is better than Long.
Make your own rules!
Let's take a look at Jeff Ireland's 2nd round draft performance to date. Philip Merling, Chad Henne, Pat White, Sean Smith, Koa Misi, Daniel Thomas and Jonathon Martin. Not enough superstars in that group. (OK Ireland is overdue for a great 2nd round pick). Albert is a proven OT and has successfully protected his QBs. I understand that he only gave up one sack last season protecting Matt Cassell and Brady Quinn. This is basically what we need. He's not cheap but he's decent.
So even if Miami could get one of the top three tackles in the draft at the 12th spot it would be a bad move. My reasoning is that if they're as good as people say they are in a few years you're going to have to pay them top tackle money and since everyone here says it makes no sense to pay a top tackle than Miami would just have to get rid of him any way. Heck even if you drafted a tackle in the second or third round we would have to hope he doesn't turn out great. So if we don't want a good tackle, just and average one, why not just start Nate Garner and call it a day.
So....has anyone here seen the Chicago Bears the last couple of years? Good quarterback, great weapons, very good running game...and Jay Cutler spends the entire game either running for his life or catching the snap and then getting blasted from the blindside, from up the middle....everywhere.
What don't we understand about needing to keep Tannehill upright? I would've liked to see Martin grow at LT and sign Winston, but that's not happening for whatever reason. We finally have a quarterback and we finally got our quarterback toys. Now we want to jeopardize the whole thing by having a rookie and a 2nd year guy manning the tackle positions???
And Jake Long WAS BREAKING DOWN. Branden Albert started every game last year and allowed 1 SACK LAST YEAR, while protecting CRAPPY, INDECISIVE QUARTERBACKS.
Dude...this can be very frustrating...
Now back to Albert.
We dont have to do anything here but its nice to have a backup plan. Signing Albert depends on one thing, his contract and what he is willing to accept. Giving up a 54 for him is not bad at all for a guy who is considered middle of the pack of starting LT's in the league right now. The other option is to draft Armstead at 42 for a rookie. So pick your poison. Green guy for 42 or experienced pro LT at 54.
But bottom line is we can wait until draft day and keep the pressure on KC because this dude is not going to want to stick around while young stud shows him up as they drafts someone they really could live without. Which does leave the option open to a small degree that they would actually take a DT or CB.