There is a lot of speculation about what the Chiefs plan to do with Branden Albert. It’s been suggested that Albert play right tackle or move to left guard, but he’s resisted changing positions and the Chiefs have already signed a starting right tackle.
The Chiefs can keep Albert as their left tackle, but that might rule out drafting one No. 1 overall. The other options are to trade Albert or try to force him to move to left guard. It’s usually a bad idea for a new regime to create a rift when they can avoid it, which is part of the reason drafting a left tackle while Albert is still on the roster could be tricky.
There’s no guarantee that the Chiefs even want to draft a left tackle, so all the speculation could be a moot point by the end of April. What we do know is that the Chiefs are actively shopping Albert, according to Mike Garafolo of the USA Today. Although shopping Albert would seem to indicate they want to draft a left tackle, it might just have more to do with economics.
Now that Albert has signed his franchise tender, the Chiefs are free to trade him to another team. The teams that might be interested in Albert would need a left tackle—which is surprisingly short list. Any trade partner also needs to have a second-round pick to trade, the cap space to absorb Albert’s franchise tag and the cash to give him a long-term deal.