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Albert has no interest in changing positions

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The Chiefs have applied the franchise tag to left tackle Branden Albert.  And Albert says that, moving forward, he fully intends to remain where he has been.

I’ll be playing left tackle,” Albert said Monday, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.

But Albert admitted he hasn’t spoken to new coach Andy Reid or new offensive line coach Andy Heck.  Thus, for all Albert knows, they plan to move him back inside; after all, he played guard in college.

Those plans could accelerate if/when the Chiefs still make left tackle Luke Joeckel the first overall pick in the draft.

Albert has some leverage in this situation.  He can withhold services until the eve of the first regular-season game, before signing his tender and receiving the full amount of the $9.828 million offensive lineman franchise salary.

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17 Responses to “Albert has no interest in changing positions”
  1. vidae1 says: Mar 4, 2013 6:34 PM

    And he shouldn’t switch positions. He allowed one sack last year. Over the last two years he has been phenomenal.

    The only people arguing for him to move are people who have a hardon for Luke Joeckel. It makes no sense otherwise.

  2. vikesfan320 says: Mar 4, 2013 6:40 PM

    If they planned to move him they probably should have had that conversation with him before using the franchise tag on him…

  3. bluepike says: Mar 4, 2013 6:46 PM

    It wouldn’t make much sense if they franchised him at a LT pay and then play him at guard – unless of course the salary cap won’t handcuff them in that respect.

  4. slickster35 says: Mar 4, 2013 7:07 PM

    Keep beating that dead horse.

  5. eatitfanboy says: Mar 4, 2013 7:10 PM

    Whatever you think about Andy Reid, there is no arguing the fact that he very rarely allowed himself to be pushed around by players.

    You’re talking about a guy who paid Terrell Owens to stay home. If you think he’s about to get out-manuevered by Branden Albert, think again.

  6. jaewest304 says: Mar 4, 2013 7:18 PM

    He has leverage with what exactly? Either he plays where he’s told to play or he won’t play or be paid just like Haynesworth

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 4, 2013 7:35 PM

    He would have to bulk up to play guard. Then the “Fat” Albert jibes would come back. No thanks.

  8. bigblu73 says: Mar 4, 2013 7:36 PM

    If I were Albert I would feel the same way! For all we know Joeckel could be Tony Mandarich 2.o. Absolutely no way he should concede his starting position to a soon to be Rook that hasn’t proven diddly squat! Now that I’ve said that, if during camp Joeckel appears to be the 2nd coming of Joe Thomas ALL BETS ARE OFF!!!LOL

  9. foolmeonce says: Mar 4, 2013 7:58 PM

    Doesn’t surprise me that clubhouse lawyer Winston is on the outs.

  10. gerard33 says: Mar 4, 2013 8:07 PM

    Albert at left tackle is FINE, I really hope they don’t waste the pick on Joekel. That is not necessary.

    Good job today by the Chiefs, now hopefully Dorsey grabs his favorite impact D player with the top pick.

  11. asw1028 says: Mar 4, 2013 8:39 PM

    I wouldn’t change positions either, left tackle is the highest paying position on the offensive line and Albert has been productive in the league for a long enough time to have earned a big payday.

  12. raiderapologist says: Mar 4, 2013 9:09 PM

    Smith takes a lot of sacks, and that was behind a line that’s better than what the Chiefs fielded last season. They aren’t set on that side of the ball.

  13. hemisweeeet says: Mar 4, 2013 9:41 PM

    Winston is a piece of crap

  14. kc571 says: Mar 4, 2013 9:58 PM

    Its all abt his health. If his back is iffy, they’ll find out without committing. Time will tell.

  15. rayray5227 says: Mar 4, 2013 10:07 PM

    Knowing Andy Reid, he’s gonna start off by building a solid O-Line.

  16. waitstop says: Mar 4, 2013 10:10 PM

    In the new salary cap age, it wouldn’t be a problem to draft Joeckel, see how he looks in camp and then move Albert to guard or sit Joeckel for a year based on their evaluations.

    To me, based on how “little” you have to pay the #1 pick now, taking Warmack at #1 is fine now and would be a safe/quality move. I’d like to see Milliner be the pick though. The Chiefs front 7 is a great combo of players, putting Milliner with Flowers and Berry should produce a top 5 defense. Especially if they can fix the FS problem.

  17. jasndc75 says: Mar 4, 2013 10:39 PM

    They could also let him sit there without talking to him for the next few weeks, and then if they dont draft joeckel all is well, an dif they do they could pull back the tag.

    That said, I think its more likely they wont draft Joeckel but are letting the Albert to guard rumors fly to either get someone to move up to get Joeckel or make it look lik ethat swho they like

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