According to an NFL.com report, the Kansas City Chiefs have absolutely no plan to move LT Branden Albert to right tackle.
Or to move him via trade.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Chiefs are continuing to work out a long-term deal with the franchise-tagged Albert on the assumption he will be their left tackle of the future. The Chiefs are still interested in drafting a tackle to fill the right side of the line.
Andy Reid values right and left tackle similarly, so the line of thinking follows that the Chiefs could draft either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher — the two highest-rated offensive tackles, according to NFl Network draft expert Mike Mayock — and slide either of them in at right tackle. With the rookie wage scale, the Chiefs could be replacing Winston with a younger, less-expensive player.
Finally, some sanity is introduced to this situation.
While the cutting of Winston was certainly a surprise, the Chiefs placing the franchise tag on Albert should have told us all we needed to know about the team’s plans for Albert’s future.
It just wouldn’t make sense to take a veteran LT like Albert and pay him $9 million dollars to play RT. Or worse, guard.
The Chiefs could certainly still select a tackle at No. 1. As the NFL.com article points out, they would be replacing Winston with a younger player. A move like that would keep the Chiefs set at the tackle positions for a while.
What do you think, Addicts? Will the Chiefs be able to reach a long-term deal with Albert?