Chiefs' Branden Albert wants long-term security despite franchise tag

Branden Albert signed the franchise tag with the Chiefs this week. (USATSI)

Though Branden Albert signed the franchise tag with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week, the former 2008 first-round pick could still be playing elsewhere next season.

Albert, a 6-5, 316-pound offensive tackle will receive a one-year deal for $9.828 million with the designation but might be shopped by Kansas City in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft. The two sides were unable to agree on a long-term deal.

"I don't know if I'm being traded, but I understand it's a possibility,” Albert told USA Today Sports. “I have no problem playing in Kansas City. Everybody knows trying to go to another city and another place to play is kind of hard. But at the same time, the answers are not there for me (yet). I've got to do what I've got to do.”

Since entering the league, Albert has appeared in 73 games, starting 71 of them. In 2012, Albert appeared in 13 games but missed three contests late in the season while suffering from back pain. Albert, who started 11 games at left tackle last season, ranked 25th among all tackles in pass blocking efficiency according to Pro Football Focus. Albert was originally drafted out of Virginia as a guard but has spent the majority of his career at left tackle.

Albert’s presence will likely impact the Chiefs’ draft strategy in the early rounds. The Chiefs own the No. 1 overall draft pick for the first time in franchise history. If Albert is traded, Kansas City might consider Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel with its first-round pick.

While Albert is open to returning to Kansas City, he appears slightly frustrated by the uncertainty surrounding his status with the Chiefs.

"I'm not disgruntled at all, I just want a commitment,” Albert told USA Today. “I want to know where I'm going, when I'm going and I want some security." 

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