Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Buzz on Branden Albert
By Tim Kavanagh
In a post last week, we pondered what the Chiefs would do with the No. 1 pick, and one idea is for them to draft the best left tackle prospect available and install him in a starting role there from Day One. Their 2012 starter at the position, Branden Albert is an impending free agent, and some have suggested that he could slide inside to guard in this scenario.
There's a small problem with that hypothetical: Albert isn't on board.
"I've worked hard to be a left tackle in this league. I've worked hard on my craft," he explained during an appearance on 610 AM this week, per Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride. "From where I started to where I'm at now is a hell of a jump. I'm not a guard. Point blank."
Albert added that he hasn't personally spoken with new HC Andy Reid or GM John Dorsey, but that his agent has spoken with Dorsey; however, Albert did not reveal whether there was any significant progress being made on a new deal. The UVA product is an impending free agent, and would draw quite a bit of interest as a free agent, as there are a number of teams with question marks at left tackle looking ahead to 2013.