On Monday, tackle Branden Albert was the only player who didn't show for the Chiefs' first day of voluntary workouts. The former first-round pick's absence could be linked to his desire for a long-term contract extension, his unwillingness to move from left tackle to right tackle, or perhaps even a directive from the club as it tries to trade him.
Last month, a week before the free-agency feeding frenzy officially began, the Chiefs used the franchise tag on Albert. The move kept him in Kansas City for at least one more season at a cost of $9.83 million, and gave the team some flexibility as it heads into the April draft with the first-overall pick.
In theory, anyway.
“You'll find I don't get caught up in that,” coach Andy Reid said via the Kansas City Star when asked about by Albert's absence. “The guys that are here we'll work with, and that gives the next man the opportunity to get better and get ready to play.”
Albert has made it known that he wants a new deal, and he even had conversations with the previous regime. But team priorities shifted when Reid and general manager John Dorsey replaced Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli.
As it stands, Albert has no plans to attend any of the voluntary workouts, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer.
As for the Chiefs, the NFLDraftScout.com/CBSSports.com mock draft experts have either Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher going to Kansas City with the top pick.