Branden Albert Signs Franchise Tender with Some Uncertainty in His Future

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIMarch 18, 2013

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 29:  Branden Albert #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs on the sidelines against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 29, 2009 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has agreed to accept his franchise tender Monday afternoon and will soon sign off on the deal, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today. Albert will make approximately $9.8 million in 2013 with Kansas City.

This report comes after an earlier report the same day that said the Chiefs are willing to listen to offers for Albert.

But one concern that runs through Albert's mind, and something fans think about, is his future. Will he play left tackle? Will he be in Kansas City for the rest of his career?

Albert was a guest on Danny Parkins' radio show on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City and said he wants to stay in Kansas City and remain as a left tackle. Despite playing left guard at the college level at Virginia, Albert has gotten used to playing left tackle the past five years professionally.

With right tackle Eric Winston released, the possibility of the Chiefs drafting Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel and having Albert shift from left tackle to right tackle becomes likely.

Albert has been vocal through Twitter, making it easy for fans and the media to know how he feels. He did not appreciate the speculation from fans that he'd play a different position at the offensive line. Since Winston's departure, Albert, who posted under the name Balbert76, deactivated his Twitter account to try and avoid the public's questioning and criticism.

With most quarterbacks being right-handed, Albert's position is commonly known as the spot that covers the quarterback's "blind side." With that said, Albert is set to make $9.8 million. That itself shows Albert will be Kansas City's left tackle this season. But as for the season after 2013, no one knows.

For now, all Albert can do is show up to offseason practices, training camp and games and prove himself to the new regime. He may earn a long-term deal by then, if general manager John Dorsey feels he deserves it.

Albert played in 13 games and allowed one sack this past season. Albert missed both games against the Denver Broncos, which might have changed his stats if he went up against Von Miller. Albert has only played a full season just once in his career.