There is no team that has made more big moves this NFL off-season than the Kansas City Chiefs. Between the players they kept, the players they let go, and the players they traded for, it has been a roller coaster ride for Chiefs fans. Today, rumors out of Kansas City are that they Chiefs are passively shopping offensive tackle Branden Albert, and want to get a deal done before the NFL draft.
This seems to make perfect sense. The Chiefs franchised Albert this year rather than sign him to a long term contract, and there seemed to be some discontent from that moment on. It wasn’t long after that the Chiefs released starting right tackle Eric Winston.
Rumors immediately starting buzzing about whether or not this would force Albert to the right side and allow the Chiefs to draft Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel with the first pick in the draft. Things got so heated on social media that Albert actually closed his Twitter account after dealing with the Chiefs fans’ questions about him moving to the right side.
And so there should be no surprise that Albert has signed his $9.8 million tender and is now being shopped. He should draw significant interest as many teams are in need of a player who can come in and start at left tackle, and there are really only three great left tackle prospects in this draft.
The Chiefs are in a tough spot because they will likely want to try and recoup the second round pick they gave up to get quarterback Alex Smith, but it would almost lock them into drafting a tackle with their first round pick. It doesn’t mean they still can’t try and trade down, but the Chiefs can’t move down very far, as anything outside of the top ten probably means no starting left tackle in this draft.