Albert, who stands to make $9.828 million in 2013 under the terms of the franchise tag, was the subject of trade discussions with the Dolphins before and during the draft and made it known that he had no interest in shifting away from left tackle if the team used the first overall pick of the draft on another tackle. The Chiefs did choose a tackle in Eric Fisher, but Fisher will be on the right side this year with Albert back to explain that he wasn’t all that upset in the first place.
“I never was sad, never disgruntled, just a little confused. Everything is clear, it’s in the past, ready to work,” Albert said, via Dave Skretta of the Associated Press.
Albert also said that his representatives are talking to Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey about a new contract, which follows earlier reports that the team had shifted gears toward keeping Albert after the Miami trade fell through. That’s not the way it looked like things were shaping up this time last month, but there would be worse outcomes for the Chiefs than a pair of strong tackles to anchor their offensive line.