The Kansas City Chiefs may be willing to trade LT Branden Albert for just a high second-round pick.
1. Kansas City hasn’t found any takers for franchised left tackle Branden Albert — I hear the Chiefs would take a high second-round pick for him — and regardless whether Albert’s moved or not, I don’t see them doing anything but taking tackles Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher first.
This is a bit of a departure from what we heard a few weeks ago. The rumor going around then was that the Chiefs were seeking a second-round pick this year and another pick in 2014.
In any negotiation, if you are selling, you always want to start high. Now, as we get closer to the draft, the Chiefs are likely softening on their asking price a little bit.
This falls right in line with the thinking that the Chiefs are set on drafting a LT with the No. 1 overall pick. It seems more and more apparent that the only reason the Chiefs franchised Albert was to keep him from leaving without the team receiving any compensation for him.
When reports like this start leaking, it makes me think the Chiefs are pretty desperate to get back into the second round. It also seems like they have no intention of actually having Albert on the team in 2013.
This probably won’t get resolved until the draft actually begins. If a team misses out on the prospect they want and the Chiefs are still dangling Albert for a second-round pick, some team might bite.
The problem is that Albert would be traded on his one-year franchise contract. The team on the receiving end of any trade would need absolute certainty that Albert would agree to a long-term deal before pulling the trigger.
What do you think, Addicts? Will Alert take the field for the Chiefs in 2013?