It would appear that after all of the posturing and discussions the Kansas City Chiefs will retain the services of left tackle Branden Albert for at least one more year.
After failing to come to an agreement before their 56th overall pick, the Miami Dolphins traded down to accumulate more picks as the Baltimore Ravens jumped up to select Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown, thus killing a potential Albert deal. The decision comes as some surprise given the Dolphins need at left tackle but it seems clear that the Chiefs were not going to receive what is was they were demanding for the former first round pick.
Assuming a surprise deal does not take place involving 2014 draft picks, Albert will stay in Kansas City as the Chiefs left tackle, moving top overall pick Eric Fisher to the right side. An offensive line of Albert, Geoff Schwartz, Rodney Hudson, Jon Asamoah, and Fisher seems like an excellent front for the Chiefs to protect Alex Smith and open holes for Jamaal Charles.
Kansas City also added another blocking weapon in third round pick tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce is a strong and athletic player who is known for his tenacity in blocking situations. As an added bonus he also has very good hands to go with good speed. Some feel he would have been drafted higher if it were not for his suspension for using marijuana.
Put all of this together and maybe the decision to keep Albert works out for the best for Kansas City. Should Albert get hurt again Donald Stephenson has proven more than capable of filling Albert’s spot, and Jeff Allen is available for depth as well. The offensive line would seem to be a strength for KC for the first time in a long time.
One thing to consider about all of these trade negotiations is that this may also be a tactic in working out a contract with Albert to stay long-term. Part of the hold up with Albert is that he wants to be paid as if he is an elite left tackle, and if there is anything these trade negotiations have found it is that nobody wants to pay Albert like he is an elite tackle. As a result, Kansas City may have bought themselves some leverage in contract negotiations with Albert should John Dorsey and Andy Reid pursue that route. Kansas City could offer the long-term contract but lower the dollar figure, which may now be a possibility given the lack of interest other NFL teams have shown in Albert.