Ever since LT Branden Albert signed his one-year $9.8 million franchise tender last month, he has been very unhappy with the team for being slow in their attempt to lock him down long term. Albert was seeking a multi-year contract during the offseason and instead was slapped with the franchise tag. Although he would still be making a pretty penny in 2013, Albert is more concerned about his long term future and wants to have commitment, whether that’s from the Chiefs or another team. The new regime in KC are concerned about Albert’s back issues that he’s had in the past. While they said they hope to work out a long term deal with their left tackle in the future, they want to make sure it is mutually beneficial. Therefore the team has also browsed trade options for Albert. Earlier this offseason the team said they are seeking a second round pick in this year’s draft and a mid-round pick next year. Now there are reports of a lower asking price by the Chiefs. Peter King from Sports Illustrated reported today that the Chiefs are now asking for JUST a high second rounder in return for Albert’s services.
It looks like as the draft nears, the Chiefs will be content with just getting back into this year’s second round. With the amount of talent that will be available in the first couple of rounds, GM John Dorsey would like to get another impact player in addition to his first round selection. And if Dorsey is able to deal Albert, it will pretty much make it clear where he will go with the first pick. Out goes Albert, in comes another left tackle, whether that is Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, or Lane Johnson is remained to be seen.
Don’t count out a trade out of the top spot as well. Even if the Chiefs trade Branden Albert they still likely will try to move down a few slots to accumulate more draft picks and still get the guy they want. It is probably a long shot that the team will be able to make both moves but a strategy they would love to execute. Finding trade partners will be the toughest challenge. But if the Chiefs can get back into the second round and still get their man in the first, it would be an early successful draft for the red and gold. And it will only continue to be a success if they find great value in the later rounds.
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