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.