October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Daniel Te

Kansas City Chiefs Plan to Keep Branden Albert at Left Tackle

When the Kansas City Chiefs released right tackle Eric Winston, the immediate belief was that the team was planning on moving left tackle Branden Albert to the right side and then using the first-overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to fill the void at left tackle with either Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher of Central Michigan.

That opinion speculation Branden Albert, but it looks like the Chiefs have other plans.

According to an NFL.com report, the Chiefs plan on working out a long-term extension with Albert in hopes that he will be their left tackle of the future. Albert is currently designated as the team’s franchise player.

That should be comforting news for Albert.

But what about the void on the right side of the offensive line?

Kansas City could still use the first pick in the draft to select a tackle and plug them in on the right side. By using the draft, the Chiefs could bring in a younger, cheaper option to replace Winston. It’s not often that a player is drafted first-overall with the plan to play him at right tackle, but new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid values the left and right tackle position the same.

If the Chiefs plan to select Joeckel or Fisher to play right tackle, they need to do further evaluation to see if either player is comfortable on the right side and if their footwork will allow them to be as successful on the opposite side of their college position.


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  • jimfromkcj

    Sounds like wishful thinking to me. The writer seems to be of the opinion that the Chief’s miserable season was all on the QB and the Coachs last year. There are no untouchables on a 2 and 14 team. That is a fact that many can’t seem to come to grips with. Why do you think that in MLB that pitchers and great hitters are sometimes dealt? I would say that if you can’t win with a super star that it is necessary to trade or sell him for 3 or 4 players who might not be as good, but you can win with them. That is the only objective that a professional sports team should have. Lombardi said it as plain as it could be said when he said Winning isn’t THE thing , it is the ONLY thing.