Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have Alex Smith at the helm, many think they’ll pass on Geno Smith with the number one overall draft pick this month. That has many, including myself, speculating that they’ll select Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel with that slot. But if they have a OT they franchise tagged in Albert, and the LT of the future in Joeckel, some one is riding pine right.
Well the Chiefs let their right tackle, Eric Winston, leave in free agency this year by releasing him. So there is a hole on the right side. Clearly, the Chiefs need a tackle on the right side, but they won’t want their left tackle of the future playing over there then moving back, like the Cowboys did with Tyron Smith?
But Branden Albert isn’t going to just move over there either. This has led to many speculating that the Chiefs are looking to trade Albert to make room for Joeckel.
“I want to be a Chief,” Albert said on the NFL Network, via ESPN.
“[I want to know] if I’m going to be there long term. Right now, everything is uncertain,” he said.
But the logical thing is to have Albert play right, while their future left tackle plays obviously on the left side.
“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.”
But Albert’s comments suggesting he isn’t digging his feet in about the left or right tackle position to force a trade.
“I want that long-term commitment,” Albert said. “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.”