When Head Coach Andy Reid and General Manager, John Dorsey, brought their hard charging philosophical style to the organization, they made it clear that they wanted no part of any player who didn't believe in team first.
And with Albert, this isn't even about money. The Chiefs have offered him a reasonable long-term contract but he wants to be paid as if he's the best starting left tackle in the NFL.
News flash! He isn't. And it's not even close.
Sure of the 32 starting left tackles in the game today, Albert would rank somewhere between 7-10 in my book. He's a good player but he's not a premier left tackle. If he were, more teams would be clamoring for his services.
But Albert, who is trying to cash in on what could be his only chance at real NFL gold, feels that he's the best tackle in the game that should be the highest paid at his position.
Well good luck with that!
Right now the Chiefs, who want a high second round pick, have very few options. The Miami Dolphins appear to be the only candidate for Albert. They've offered a 3rd round pick in 2013 and a mid round pick in 2014. Though that's a decent offer for an unhappy player, Kansas City has eyes for a specific player at the top end of the second round. (More on that player in a later column).
And if you remember, they traded their 2013 second pick to the 49ers to secure Quarterback, Alex Smith. So if that's going to come to fruition, Kansas City has to get back into the second round.
Trading Albert would make a lot of sense because the Chiefs with the #1 overall pick, feel that either tackle, Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher, would fit nicely at anchoring the left side of their offensive line the next ten years. And I agree with that sentiment.
Right now everyone in league circles realizes that Albert is being unreasonable and thus far, he's over played his hand. So much so, he's not even taking the advice from his own camp to play it cool and keep his comments to himself.
Thus if Albert is perceived as an ‘I' guy, then you can bank on teams such as the Dolphins or anyone else (such as the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals or the Chicago Bears) consider trading for the Chiefs left tackle could just back off.
So will the Chiefs trade Albert? I suspect they will but getting a second round pick might have to wait until 2014 not 2013.
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