Friday, May 3, 2013
If Albert stays in K.C.
By Tim Kavanagh
Even after the draft passed us by, there was some thought that the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins would be able to work out a deal sending Chiefs LT Branden Albert to Miami. As the week has proceeded, though, the deal has been declared all but dead, according to what sources revealed to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. This could be a leverage play by K.C., but let's examine how the Chiefs would operate with both Albert and No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher on the roster this fall.
"Well, yeah, that's right," Chiefs HC Andy Reid confirmed during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio (via Pro Football Talk) in response to whether Albert will play the left side and Fisher the right. "I'm gonna play the five best guys. You saw me do that with Shawn Andrews in Philadelphia. Shawn Andrews was as good an offensive lineman as I've ever seen at the college level and then he came to the pros and he was the same thing. He was one of the best I've ever coached, now, as far as being athletic and being a football player. Well, we had two veteran tackles who were two pretty stinking good players and so we put Shawn at guard and he ended up being a Pro Bowler there."
Barring a contract extension in the next couple months, Albert will play out the 2013 season on the one-year franchise tag tender. Next offseason, the Chiefs can determine whether they'd like to extend Albert again (keeping Fisher at RT) or move Fisher over to LT, bid Albert adieu, and find a new option for the right side (hopefully not with the No. 1 overall pick again).
Either way, the Chiefs would be well off to make this decision on Albert pronto:
Bill WilliamsonNext order of business for AFC West
"The Chiefs have to get the Branden Albert situation settled. They talked to the Miami Dolphins about a deal for several weeks prior to the draft. It was never completed. Neither has closed the door on a trade, but the odds are good that Albert will stay in Kansas City -- although it's not totally out of the question that some other team gets into the picture. I think the Chiefs need to get Albert prepared to play in Kansas City. He wants a long-term deal, and if he doesn't get one, he might pout. He has stayed away from voluntary workouts but said he will be with the team when mandatory sessions start. The team would still like to give Albert an extension after taking Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick. Albert must realize that if he has a good season in Kansas City, it will increase his value in free agency next year if a long-term deal is not signed. This situation could be awkward, but both the Chiefs and Albert need each other for at least a year -- and they must all do it with a smile."