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Chiefs' Branden Albert Skips Workouts, Wants Clarity


The Kansas City Chiefs met as a team for the first time in 2013 yesterday and everyone was there, except for LT Branden Albert.

Albert and the Chiefs have been going through some strife this offseason. The former first-round pick was not happy about receiving the franchise tag from KC and there have been rumors that the Chiefs hope to trade Albert.

The uncertainty has led Albert to stay away from the team. At least for now.

Albert appeared on NFL AM on NFL Network, Tuesday morning and said that if he is going to be traded, he wants to know where.

“If I’m going to be traded,” Albert stated, “(I want to know) if I’m going to be there long-term. Right now, everything is uncertain.”

Albert also clarified that he wants to play for the Chiefs; he just wants a long-term commitment.

“I want that long-term commitment,” said Albert. “But as you know in football, you don’t have too much control of the situation. I want to play for the Chiefs, but I want that commitment long-term.”

Albert said that he would play under the franchise tag if he has to, but that he’d rather not.

In the end, Albert just wants some clarity. Either the Chiefs need to “put a ring on it” or the need to send him on his way.

“I want to know the answer,” said Albert. “I don’t want to be in limbo. Ever since the end of the season, I’ve been in limbo.I want a definitive answer of what’s going to happen with me.”

If I had to guess, unless the Chiefs get blown away by an offer, they probably won’t consider trading Albert until the draft. Moving Albert now would mean the Chiefs need to find at least one, probably two starting tackles. KC would almost have to select one of the top tackles in the first round of the draft. The Chiefs may not want to make any moves until they see what kind of offers, if any, they can get for the No. 1 pick. It may also be that if a team hoping to snag one of the top tackles in the draft misses out on their guy, that the Chiefs will get a better offer during or after the draft than they can now.

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  • chiefridgy

    So much drama

  • Priest4Prez

    Albert just wants to play, allow him to do that. The worst thing you can do is cause turmoil in a new locker room already. You know there’s guys on the O-Line that will be looking to him in the off season for direction and a heads up in training camp. I’m with him; put up or shut up as it were. Personally I say pay the guy, he’s proven his worth.

    • tm1946

      You get this from Albert….you do not get paid in the NFL for what you did but what the team hopes to get out of you in the future.

      Pay the guy sure, but if he has issues about working with the team…..all is not good.

  • Mike Arnold

    pls…..Either one of the two top tackle draftees arebetter than Albert. Their upside says Pro Bowlers for years to come. Our salary cap situation makes this simple….we can keep Albert…and no hope of filling holes we still have left. My goodness, his alary cap hit is over $9 mil. Trading him givs us the chance to afford a decent free agent ILB, and a RT, along with LT in the draft. trading ALbert most likely will allow us to recoup our 2nd round pick. Do I think Albert is sevicable, yes. He is not great nor elite. Joeckle will become that. ILB is ital to get before the season starts. Aso solidifying our OT positions. We cannot do that and pay Albert his franchis tag cost. I knew STude would be released, now I alsoknow Lewis will be released as well. HIs injury prone status does not get loyalty from new coaching regimes. Money will be better spent with other players. When we have had a annual (minus couple years with first round p;ayoff blowouts) terrible team, maybe our players are not as good as we think. If any player, any plyer, think they automatically think they are safe after playing on such a piss poor team like we had last year, they need to understand new regimes means no loyalty to players. It was not just our abysmal record, it was the lack of concentration, turnovers, players quitting on plays. I love y Chiefs, but last year was an embarrassment. We cannot blame RAc and Pioli for all, players played like crap. I am tired of being the bottom feeder (along with the raiders) of the AFC and the league. Make the changes R and D, just make sure you take us to a winning tradition.

  • http://twitter.com/tantrim Tom Antrim

    I would find out where he doesn’t want to play and trade him to that team.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Joeckel, albert, Hudson, schwartz, andre Smith. How would that be for an OL group?? Too bad Albert cares more about money than winning.

    • micah stephenson

      I like this line up. LT Albert LG Asomoah C Hudson RG Allen/Swartz RT Stephenson.

      • KCMikeG

        Like the players but why move Asamoah from RG to LG? Schwartz can play LG. I am thinking more seriously about Stephenson at RT.

    • micah stephenson

      Money is not the issue. He is getting top 5 LT money. If you went to work tomoro, and yo boss said we are gonna pay you the avg of the top 5 at yo position. You wud say ok and feel like you deserve that anyway. But wat if the boss said “o yea we are only keeping you a week and if another company gave us something good for you, you are gone” it wudnt mean that you dont care about the success of the company becus you wanted to b employed there long term or giving a shot to b employed long term at another company.

      • dominicscarlatti

        Branden seems hellbent on talking his way off the Chiefs. I’m growing sick of his whining – let’s give him his wish and get rid of him. We don’t need a lockerroom cancer.

        • micah stephenson

          How is saying you want to b part of the Chiefs over and over again whinning? He wishes for a long term contract with the Chiefs.

  • micah stephenson

    Pay Albert. He earned it. Im tired of the Chiefs saying they want to draft, develope, & keep they players long term but turn around and are too cheap to do so. If they lose Albert after cutting Winston and haft to get an OT in the draft instead of GENO SMITH I wont have any faith in R&D. They traded for A.Smith so they can win enough games to sell tickets. Might pass on our chance to get GENO SMITH. Got rid of our bookend OTs. Yea we did get Sean Smith but after that I personally dont call getting Davito, Fasano, Swarzt, Robinson, Daniels wining free agentcy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

      Geno Smith isn’t talented enough for the 1st overall pick in the draft.

      If he was, we would have people trampling each other to get the pick. Not trading for Kevin Kolb and Carson Palmer.

    • http://twitter.com/tantrim Tom Antrim

      Giving yourself the name you have is a turn off to me.

      • micah stephenson

        Tom Antrim doesnt do it for me ether

    • Troy Utt

      Funny…our off season moves seems to be right close to tops in about everyone elses’ Micah! I have said it before, & will say it again… I have always been a fan of BA, he has been a GOOD LT, a great team-mate, & all around great ambassador for KC. But deserving of top five money…NO! Barring that he was banned from OTA’s, he should have been present, & from his own comments it certainly does not sound as if he were asked to stay away! I would still have reservations about his back anyway…even though he passed a physical after more than 2-3 months of rest & rehab! At some point we need to move on, & get the best deal we can for all parties so he can have his “long term commitment”, and we can move forward with either draft picks &/or the cap space to do so! As with the over $9mil we would be comitted to Albert’s salary this year we could pay our entire incoming rookie draft class, which on average would cost us about $7mil…Which could include a new LT, not exactly my first choice for use of the pick… But I’m just sayin’…

  • Tyler Alexander

    I like B Albert but it sounds like BS to say he wants to be a Chief. He demands more than he’s worth after they double his salary this year and refuses to work til he gets what he wants. The only reason he signed the tag was for personal gain and to allow a trade to happen. Not because he wants to be in KC. His tactics and twitter comments make it clear he’s not a team player.

    • micah stephenson

      How do you know Albert demands too much? He just wants a long term contract that is fair pay according to his stats, game play and value. If the Chiefs say we just want to keep you a yr while we find 2 different OTs, How is Albert sapose to get excited about that?

      • Tyler Alexander

        Its been reported he wants top 5 money numerous times. Not to mention he missed the last four games of the season with back problems. Gauranteeing anything more than a one year deal at this point could potentially put the team in salary cap hell for years to come. We just witnessed it with Jared Gaither, who btw, is Alberts best friend. It looks oddly like a man trying to get his before the curtain drops. Make him prove he’s worth it.

  • micah stephenson

    Albert has got some huge arms! Im not for sure if these rookie OTs are going to b better than him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erika.motley.3 Erika Groth

    Everyone is acting like Albert is the bad guy here however neither side is. Albert wants a little security and the team, Sewell I’ve given up trying to figure out what R&D want. really it’s simple how would anyone feel about being told they could be traded after signing the dotted line?

  • ArrowFan

    I could live with a little uncertainty knowing I was certain to obtain 9.5 Mill for the year.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    This will be resolved soon enough. Hopefully they get him signed to a long-term deal.

  • redchiefs

    They franchised him, he signed the tender. He get’s 9.5mi dollars to play one season. He needs to show up and perform. Andy Reid has a great rep with players as an honest man, he’s stated repeatedly he likes BA, they gave him the money for this year, he needs to show up and perform. They can work on a long term now, and they can trade him, it is a business. It’s our passion, but there is a money side to the NFL. Right now BA needs to show up and perform. Let his agent deal with contract talks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

    If he wants to be a Chiefs…he wants to be a team player… He takes a long term contract with slightly less money to help with the approaching salary cap. Period. I don’t care how good he is… I don’t care about his back problems… None of that. If he’s in it for the team, he makes the team decision. And to those who says he deserves top 5 money… How good do you expect your yearly performance review to be if you missed 25% of your work year last year.

  • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

    Albert has to know he is gone. Reason Chiefs will not discuss future because they can not provide others will know what we are doing in the draft and any trades for the # 1 can be hamperd. LOL on those still on the Geno bandwagon. Chiefs will not select a QB until maybe 4 or 5th round. He needs to get his ass in camp with all the other players that are there. Its non mandatory but he is missing out valuable info under a new regime. Where is Micah?? waiting for his no hold back comments…

  • cyberry

    There is really no reason for the Chiefs to do anything with Albert til after the draft. They don’t want any team to have any idea who they are drafting. That gives them the best chance (or offer)to trade down.. It must be frustrating to see the other “Chiefs drafted” free-agents being taken care of. It’s just a waiting game and personally I wouldn’t have shown up for voluntary work-outs either but at least he has agreed to play next year if need be..

    • dominicscarlatti

      I think they would like to trade him to get back in the second round of THIS draft.

      • cyberry

        When you draft a lineman with the first pick of draft.. isn’t that the same as trading your 1st pick for a 2nd round pick…

  • tm1946

    There are all kinds of posts but we do not know what is going on inside the organization. It will work out in the end but the modern pro “plays” this game with every team in the NFL

    As for the Chiefs….. new management and coaches and one player who does not show up for a variety of reason. This can be a problem. It could effect the draft and may well result in a trade which could weaken the team. The team as a group needs as much harmony as possible. To me, that means everyone gets on board and preforms to the best of their ability. At 8+ mill, Albert could survive the “shame/lack of respect” of being a franchise tag for one year and his agent try to work a long term deal. If that is not good enough, it is not good enough and we part ways.

    • Specner

      i think if the rumors of the Chiefs shopping Albert hadn’t come up he would be at the training camp (even without new contract in place as of yet) i think him just seeing an obvious friend (Winston) get cut out of the blue and the trade talks has put him into the edge of not practicing with the team more then anything by far…

      if those hadn’t come up he would be there training no question in my mind..but then again who knows…

  • jbyrd

    I’m a big BA fan but any player that signs a contract and then refuses to show up for work and honor said contract loses significant cred IMHO . I understand these are voluntary workouts but we all know what voluntary means in the NFL. He needs to get in there & do work or lose his LT only position.