Dolphins are still interested.
^^I saw that jap1. I would not be surprised if it happened for players, instead of draft picks or perhaps a 3rd rounder and a player, although I don't see any players on the Dolphins roster that really interest me.
They knew they'd be paying him this amount barring a trade, and now they're likely stuck paying him that. The team is better with him than without him this year, so he'll play through it, get a FA deal next year, and we'll get a 3rd-5th round compensatory pick.
http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/cap-hit/) Granted, only the 1st round pick and maybe the 3rd will make enough to be in the top 51 players that gets counted for the cap, but Fisher is probably going to get paid around 5 mil/yr. That would put us 2 mil over (unless they do a lot of fancy/creative signing bonus stuff that I dont understand that makes his salary cap hit only 3 mil).
I would love for us to keep Albert, and for him to happily play RT. I would be very excited for us to sign him to a long term contract, even if it was way overpaid for a RT at something like 6-7 mil/year. Especially since that would put us right under the salary cap. That would solidify our OL for a long time. Problem is given what Albert has said publicly, I dont see him willingly busting his butt at RT. Nor do I see him accepting a paycut of 6-7mil/yr, not to mention that the Chiefs would be wayyyy overpaying a RT to give him that much.
The more likely scenario would be to trade him to get out from under his contract, and then sign someone like Tyson Clabo if they do not think Stephenson or Allen can be a lockdown RT.
They're going to have to make some cuts to hit the cap mark, but probably only need about $6M to sign this year's class. I'm fairly confident that Kendrick Lewis ($1.3M) likely doesn't make this team with the additions of Robinson, Abdullah and drafting Sanders Commings. Moeaki could also be another victim ($1.5M) after they brought in Kelce and Fasano. They'll save a little (very little) if they keep Bray over Stanzi as well, b/c Bray's contract will be the league minimum. They'll also have the chance to rework some contracts to get cap #'s down.
It will be tight, but they'll be fine. Unless Miami is giving a 2nd round pick (doubtful), it's just not worth it knowing they'll likely get a compensatory pick next year.
And Kendrick Lewis is going nowhere. He played hurt last year & was making good strides in 2011, prior to his injury in the season final which he didn't fully recover from in 2012. I saw the vid of Lewis pumping iron at the voluntary workouts & he's probably finally fully healthy once again. Him and Berry are the only Safeties on the roster with starting experience at the Safety positions. The others are all backups & I don't see any of them beating Lewis out of his FS spot, at least for this year.
We'll know for certain when OTA's start soon. If Albert isn't there, then he's definitely on the trading block & certainly out of a job at LT -- which I believe he already is, anyway.