Branden Albert’s absence from the Kansas City Chiefs’ voluntary minicamp Tuesday was no surprise.
The left tackle missed the first two weeks of the team’s voluntary offseason workout program. He has said he will not show up to the team’s voluntary events until he has some clarity on his future.
That will likely be cleared up after next week’s draft. If Albert is traded, it would likely happen before or during the draft. He could always be traded after the draft, but the odds are, if a deal happens, the Chiefs will want to get immediate draft compensation. Albert has already signed his franchise tender. So, he will show up the mandatory minicamp in June and to training camp in July if he is not dealt.
What Albert wants is a long-term deal. The Chiefs have not shown they are ready to commit to Albert for anything more than the $9-plus million franchise tag for this season. The team may take Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel (the more likely choice) or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher with the No. 1 pick. If Albert is kept, the rookie pick would move to right tackle for this season and be insurance if Albert leaves as a free agent in 2014.
The Chiefs have reportedly showed interest in trading Albert. Sports Illustrated reported that it would take a second-round pick for him. Miami has talked to the Chiefs. The Dolphins own the 10th and the 22nd picks in the second round. If the Chiefs can be talked into taking the second of the two picks, I could see this deal being made, even though the Chiefs would likely want the first of Miami’s second-round picks.
I expect this situation to continue to be fluid and I wouldn’t be shocked if a trade is, indeed, made, it would be made on the clock.
While Albert continues to stay away from the Chiefs, there is still a chance he may be permanently moved from the team.
Meanwhile, tight end Tony Moeaki did not participate in the team’s voluntary camp Tuesday because he recently had his knee scoped. The injury is not expected to be serious, but is another reminder of how injures have affected Moeaki dating back to his college days.