Chiefs to move forward with Albert

As expected, Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has signed his franchise tag, and the team can now trade him.

There have been some talks, as the Chiefs would like to recoup the second-round pick lost in the Alex Smith trade. The team may draft Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 overall pick if Albert is traded or not. If Albert is retained, Joeckel would play right tackle.

In an interview with USA Today, Albert seemed ready to handle whatever happens next.

In other AFC West notes:

Cincinnati has re-signed cornerback Adam Jones, a move that could effect Terence Newman’s decision to choose between the Bengals and the Raiders.

The Houston Chronicle reports it expects the Texans to sign Oakland punter Shane Lechler. The Texas native is visiting Houston on Thursday.

Chicago signed Kansas City tight end Steve Maneri, who is a good blocker.

Tennessee has visited with Kansas City defensive end Ropati Pitoitua.