Sunday March 24th 2013 by KC58
Adam Schefter from ESPN reported on Friday that the Kansas City Chiefs are seeking a second round in 2013 and a second round in 2014 for LT Branden Albert.
I recently posted that I would not except anything less then a number 1 pick. I think I may have changed my mind, I can do that right? I believe two seconds are just as good as one number one, if not better!
Albert signed his franchise tender for $8.9 million limiting the Chiefs to whom they could sign to fit the system that Andy Reid is wanting to impose. Reid likes big Offensive Lineman and Albert, although very good, is not a very big Offensive Lineman.
Branden Albert is listed on ESPN’s website as being around 6′ 5″ weighing in at 316 lbs. While quite large compared to my frame he’s not the OL body style that Reid likes. The recent signing of Geoff Schwartz shows that Reid prefers larger guys up front coming in at 6′ 6″ 340 lbs.
“If Branden Albert is traded, the Chiefs will end up with a 2nd round pick this year (and maybe more) as a result. No, a second round pick may not net a “star” offensive lineman but, the freed up cap space should allow the Chiefs to bring someone in who fits the Reid mold and helps make financial room for other players. Plus, that 2nd rounder could help the Chiefs nab a very good ILB.”
I happen to agree with this. Right now the Chiefs are limited to who they can bring in due to cap space. With Albert out of the way then they can pursue another lineman in Free Agency that fits Reid’s scheme a little better, plus build in other areas and add depth through the draft. Chiefs fans know all to well what happens when you don’t have depth on your team. See Chiefs 2011.
I am a Branden Albert fan but sometimes you have to think of the team first and the individual player second. If the Chiefs can get two #2 picks for Albert I believe it would be a good move for the team.