Branden Albert has signed his franchise tender at $9.828 million, that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed to play with the Chiefs this season, because the team is talking to other clubs about a possible trade, Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports.
The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity, said the Chiefs aren’t desperate to move Albert but realize another team might offer him a better long-term contract.
The Chiefs have the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft and might use it on tackle Luke Joeckel.
According to the person briefed on the trade talks, Kansas City isn’t just listening to offers, as Sports Illustrated reported this week. The team is seeking out suitors. To borrow a word from the New York Jets’ Rex Ryan in shooting down the Darrelle Revis rumors, the Chiefs are “actively” shopping Albert.
And he’s OK with that, if it’s best for his future.
“I have no problem playing in Kansas City,” Albert said. “Everybody knows trying to go to another city and another place to play is kind of hard. But at the same time, the answers are not there for me (yet). I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do.
He added, “I don’t know if I’m being traded, but I understand it’s a possibility.”