Branden Albert is set to become a free agent in March and he said Tuesday that his representatives have spoken to new Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey about staying in Kansas City.
Albert told Danny Parkins of 610 Sports in Kansas City that he doesn’t know what the chances are that he’ll remain with the Chiefs, but made it clear that he wasn’t counting the days until he’s able to leave the team when asked if he wanted to remain with the team.
“Of course,” Albert said, via Arrowhead Pride. “I’ve been here five years, I was drafted by the Chiefs. My home is there, been living there, and Chiefs fans for the most part have been kind to me. I want to be a Chief.”
Albert was also asked if he would be willing to move to guard from left tackle, something that could conceivably come up if the Chiefs retain Albert and draft Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick. It’s all hypothetical at this point, but it isn’t something Albert, who played guard in college, is willing to consider.
“I’ve worked hard to be a left tackle in this league. I’ve worked hard on my craft. from where I started to where I’m at now is a hell of a jump. I’m not a guard. Point blank,” Albert said.
Albert’s not the best tackle in the game, but he’s a good pass blocker and would surely get a sizable offer to play the position from someone if the Chiefs decide not to meet his asking price. They could franchise him to keep that from happening, but they’d be paying him left tackle money and dealing with possible discontent if they did that with the intention of kicking him inside.