Branden Albert is sending Chiefs message

Let’s just call what Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert did a soft holdout.

On Tuesday, Albert appeared on the NFL Network to confirm our suspicions about his absence from the team’s offseason workout program, which started Monday. New Kansas City coach Andy Reid said Albert was the only player missing from the voluntary (but highly encouraged) program.

As we expected, Albert said his absence is tied to uncertainty of whether he will be traded. Albert has signed his franchise tag tender, which makes it easier for him to be traded. And because he signed the tender, he's required to appear at mandatory camps. Albert said he intends to comply once he knows his future.

Since, the mandatory camps are after the NFL draft, Albert will have his answer. It will be highly unlikely that Albert is traded after the April 25-27 draft.

The Chiefs are shopping Albert, and they have had some talks with the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Chiefs want a second-round pick this year and a conditional pick next year in return, Schefter has reported. The Dolphins have two second-round picks in this month’s draft and they have a need for a left tackle.

Albert said he wants to be a Chief, and he wants it with the security of a long-term deal. That all will change if a trade is made. I’m sure the Chiefs' interest in a trade could only grow now that Albert is sending this message.