10. Kansas City Chiefs: Their quarterback position has morphed from one of weakness to intrigue. Alex Smith seemed to turn a corner in his development the past two years in San Francisco but isn’t exactly a surefire commodity in a completely new environment. Same goes for new backup Chase Daniel, who marinated in New Orleans for four seasons. Though the Chiefs appear stabilized under center, they could very well enlist a prospect in the early rounds of the draft — perhaps even Geno Smith — given the relative strength elsewhere on the roster after their free agent shopping spree.
The players’ contracts require them to file any such claims in Jackson County, U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes ruled March 30. Many National Football League players have tried to take advantage of California laws that offer significant benefits even to people who worked only part time in the state.
The ruling was the latest of at least seven that federal judges have issued in favor of NFL teams in similar “cumulative trauma” cases. It upheld an arbitrator’s ruling from a year ago.
He said he thought he was nearing a contract agreement with the Chiefs last season but those talks were with former general manager Scott Pioli.
“During the season we were negotiating, thinking we were going to come to terms, but things happen and now we’re in the situation we’re in now,” he said.
He said he is staying in shape by working out in Miami. He said he has a deadline to have his situation resolved but wouldn’t reveal the date he had in mind for that deadline.
When asked Tuesday if he would report to the team once mandatory workouts begin, he said he “hasn’t even thought about” that yet.
Albert said he wouldn’t be willing to move to right tackle, however.
“That’s not something I want to do,” Albert said. “I want to play left tackle. I’ve been playing left tackle the last five years of my career.”