Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert (76) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NFL rumors: Buccaneers could be in the mix for Branden Albert

As we prepare for NFL free agency to begin in a couple of weeks, we are hearing plenty of rumors and speculation about the future of offensive tackle Branden Albert. Albert is set to hit the open market and he is not expected to return to the Kansas City Chiefs, but where could he end up?

The Arizona Cardinals have been considered a strong front-runner for months, while the Miami Dolphins are also in the mix after attempting to swing a trade with the Chiefs for Albert last offseason.

Now, there is a third team who could be getting involved.

According to the Miami Herald, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also believed to have interest in the free agent left tackle.

There is a chance that current left tackle Donald Penn could be released by the Buccaneers in an effort to save some salary cap space. Releasing Penn would immediately save Tampa Bay $7.4 million, but they would likely tie all of that money back in to Albert.

We still have plenty of time until everything shakes up on the free agent market, but it looks like Albert could be one of the first players to find a new home with the early interest.

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