The Chiefs' Branden Albert, one of the top left tackles in free agency, is expected to sign with the Dolphins on Tuesday, according to an NFL source.

The Cardinals had expressed interest in Albert, but apparently have set their sights on a younger, cheaper alternative who might have more potential.

The Cardinals have more interest in Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer, who at 26, is three years younger than Albert.

Albert’s deal is expected to average between $8 million and $10 million a year, more than it’s going to take to sign Veldheer.

The Cardinals’ interest in Rams’ tackle/guard Rodger Saffold appears to have cooled, if it was ever that warm.

For the past few weeks, sources indicated that Saffold was the Cardinals’ second choice behind Albert, but it appears Veldheer is the more viable target.

The Raiders have made an offer to Veldheer, but he reportedly is considering other options this weekend.

The Raiders took Veldheer in third round of the 2010 draft out of Hillsdale College, a division two school in Michigan. He suffered a torn triceps tendon last preseason and missed the first 11 regular-season games.

Prior to the injury, Veldheer was regarded as one of the better young tackles in the league and an ascending player. The Raiders considered placing the franchise tag on Veldheer to restrict his options in free agency.

At 6-feet-8-inches and 321 pounds, he looks the part of a left tackle.