Based on multiple reports tonight, it seems the Branden Albert deal to Miami looks dead. While I thought this could be revived post draft and as the OT tryouts continued in Davie, the trade seems like it is over. It should be stated that Jeff Ireland handled this negotiation masterfully.
Clearly, I will admit I was big supporter of making this deal. Protecting Ryan Tannehill has to be at the forefront of the thinking process. Albert is outstanding pass blocker and would allow receivers to get into their routes, secure RT in the pocket and deliver the ball on schedule.
However, it should also be noted that coughing up 2a or 2b AND doling out a big contract was steep. I always thought a 3 or a 4 was much equitable. No doubt, I would have had an urge if I was Ireland's chair to trade the 2. However, the GM stuck to his guns and did not move from what was fair value. Now, KC is stuck with a toxic asset: a good player that is angry because he does not a have a longterm. I truly think John Dorsey and Andy Reid thought Miami would blink and they did not. One of the most comical things I have read tonight was that KC will now look to sign Albert longterm.
Jeff Ireland deserves credit. He had set of parameters and stayed true to them. I have to say was very impressed with Ireland's steadiness through the entire process. Impressive IMO.