Branden Albert is staying put in KC for now
The negotiations between the Kansas City Chiefs had not gotten as far along as previously reported. Kansas City Chiefs general manager Jeff Ireland didn’t seem as optimistic when discussing the Branden Albert trade last Friday. The Miami Dolphins had offered a third-round pick for Branden Albert, while the Kansas City Chiefs were reportedly demanding a second-round pick. As neither side budged, the trade for Branden Albert eventually cooled off over the last few days.
While the Kansas City Chiefs have still not entirely closed the door on possibly trading Branden Albert to another team, it still seems highly unlikely that the offensive tackle could play anywhere else in 2013. Brandon Albert signed a one-year $9.8 million franchise tender this offseason, and that could remain his salary if both sides do not come to terms on a new deal. The 28-year-old Branden Albert has been reportedly hoping for an offer, similar to the four-year, $36 million deal left tackle Jake Long received from the St. Louis Rams.
Moreover, there may be further issues in locking Branden Albert to a long-term deal since he seems unwilling to move from left tackle. The Kansas City Chiefs recently drafted Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Winston with the No.1 overall pick and there still appears questions to where he might fit in on the offensive line.
Although Branden Albert has missed the voluntary workouts, the five-year veteran has maintained he will participate in mandatory team activities with the Kansas City Chiefs. So far, Branden Albert has not created serious issues for the team and he realizes he needs a good 2013 season to earn a long-term deal with the Kansas City Chiefs or anywhere else he might land next year.
A long-term deal may work out to the benefit of both sides. The Kansas City Chiefs will certainly be better with Branden Albert than without him. And with Branden Albert as well as Eric Fisher as their two bookends (if Fisher is moved to right tackle) the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line could look pretty solid for the 2013 season.