It was on Monday when Peter King of Sports Illustrated wrote in his weekly Monday Morning QB piece that Branden Albert could be available in a trade, or at least, the Chiefs would “listen to offers for him.” Later, John Clayton from ESPN, while at the owners meeting on Tuesday, tweeted out that the Dolphins could offer a second round pick to Kansas City to land Albert. After all, they did lose out on free agent Jake Long, who finally decided to join the Rams. Then on Thursday, the USA Today reported the Chiefs weren’t just listening to offers for Albert, the team was “seeking out suitors.” While I think it would take more than a second round pick to acquire Albert from the Chiefs, it certainly seems that the Chiefs are using the media effectively to test the market for Albert’s services, and the Dolphins want it known that they could be a potential suitor.
The Chiefs begin their offseason conditioning program April 1, with practices beginning later in the month.
They can’t start soon enough for DeVito.
“I’m going to continue to work out and be ready to hit the ground running when I get here,” DeVito said. “I want to be in great shape. I’m going to go back and study some of that pass-rush stuff. I think it’s really important to go back and grade myself from the film from last year, see where I went wrong, see what I can improve on.
“Trust me, I’m ready to roll today. If they opened this thing up today, I’m ready to go. I’m excited about it. I’m going to be on the edge of my seat every night.”
He’s not the only one to say so. Many NFL analysts have applauded the work of the Chiefs. Clifton Brown from Sporting News claims they can be a “surprise team” next year. ESPN’s Bill Williamson calls them one of the “biggest winners in free agency”. And of course own Matt Verderame gave the Chiefs an ‘A’ grade in a recent rundown at SB Nation.
Rosenthal concludes with the prediction that the Chiefs could bounce back quickly. He writes, “This should be a team that expects to be competitive and around .500 right away.”
Carr, 26, has been with the Cowboys for one season. His best play last year was a spectacular overtime interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He might have been better known in Dallas before that play because of what happened to a friend from the Chiefs:Two weeks before the Pittsburgh game, Carr was stunned when former Chiefs teammate Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, then killed himself. Carr and his fiancée had been good friends with Belcher and Perkins in Kansas City.
In the months since the killings, Carr has racked his brain for any clues he might have missed from his time with Belcher.
“I don’t know what all transpired from the time when I left, but the time I was there, we were all like family,” he said. “And everything was solid. So when that news hit me, it broke me down.”
The Kansas City Chiefs, owners of the first pick, held a private workout Friday morning with Joeckel and Friday afternoon with Johnson. They’ll be in Mt. Pleasant to run Fisher through drills next week.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey were among the contingent watching Johnson in Norman.
Johnson, who started 12 games at right tackle in 2011 and 11 last year at left tackle for the Sooners, said he feels “right at home now” at offensive tackle.
“I’ve kind of grown into my body,” he said. “I’ve kind of got the mental aspect of, ‘I’m going to be like this for the next 10 or 12 years.’ It fits perfect now.”