July 29, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs center Rodney Hudson (61) and defensive end Amon Gordon (99) run blocking drills during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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“It’s official,” Albert posted Sunday on Instagram. “I’m comin home tell the world I’m comin home #ItWasFun #DestinedforGreatness #ChiefNation #kcchiefs.”

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports both Albert and the Chiefs want an extension and already have started discussions.

Per Rapoport, Albert is seeking a contract on par with the six-year, $53.4 million extension signed by Houston Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown last summer.

With Albert locked in on Alex Smith’s blindside, an interesting side note is that the first two offensive tackles since the 1970 merger to go 1-2 in the draft will both start their NFL careers at right tackle.

Although the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Luke Joeckel in part because their analytic department views right tackles as just as important as left tackles in today’s NFL, the Chiefs’ initial preference seemed to be installing No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher on the left side.


To their own first-, second- and third-round picks, the 49ers have added the conditional pick from the Smith trade and an extra third-rounder from the Tennessee Titans, who traded up from No. 40 to No. 34 to select Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The last of the picks comes with an asterisk. The 49ers almost certainly will receive a third- or fourth-round compensatory pick for losing free-agent safety Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If the Chiefs take advantage of an easy schedule to hit .500, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke will boast a first-, two second-rounders and three third-rounders next April. Just as we saw two weeks ago, those extra picks will allow Baalke to wheel and deal. He’s not afraid to trade up for a top prospect in a position of need (first-round safety Eric Reid, for example), or trade down to stockpile currency for future deals.


The Alex Smith trade will return a 2014 second-round choice to the San Francisco 49ers if the Kansas City Chiefs finish 8-8 or better.

Otherwise, the 49ers will receive only a third-round selection.

That was among the notes Peter King passed along Monday when noting that the 49ers and St. Louis Rams are holding additional picks in the 2014 draft. So, 49ers fans should root for the Chiefs this season. The rest of the NFC West should root against them.


The late Derrick Thomas, who starred at Alabama from 1985-88, has been snubbed the past two years in College Football Hall of Fame balloting.

The Class of 2013 will be announced Tuesday in New York. It will include 12 former players and two former coaches.

Former Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier and former Miami quarterback Vinnie Testaverde will be among the players inducted.

Thomas is the only man on the ballot with an Alabama connection. That ballot includes 77 former All-America players and five elite coaches.

Thomas set records for sacks in a single season (27 in 1988) and a career (52) that still stand.


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