Chiefs tackle Branden Albert was the only player on the roster not present for voluntary workouts Monday, head coach Andy Reid said, according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer.
“Voluntary” is the operative term here. Albert doesn’t have to be at these workouts, the first two weeks of which are conditioning-focused per the CBA. Also, it’s possible Albert could show at any time. And if he doesn’t, it’s not as if he doesn’t figure as one of the Chiefs’ five best offensive linemen — assuming he’s not traded.
Albert has already signed his franchise tender, but he indicated to USA Today in March that he wants a longer “commitment” than just one year. Moreover, he confirmed that he sees himself as a left tackle.
The Chiefs, as we know, just happen to be picking No. 1 overall in a draft that has a couple of prime left tackle prospects in Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher and Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel.
It’s notable that Albert isn’t at workouts. However, it’s understandable, considering that any injury wouldn’t help his prospects for a longer-term deal.
Also, it’s well within his rights.