KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Offensive tackle Branden Albert #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs blocks linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos during the first half on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Denver defeated Kansas City 17-10. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
One of the more pressing situations for the Kansas City Chiefs in the next year is the future of left tackle Branden Albert, who is entering the final year of his contract. Albert has been the team's full time starter at left tackle since he was taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Albert was asked by 610 Sports' Mark Carman on Tuesday when he's signing his new contract.
"That's not up to me man. My job right now is to get better with the team and let all that other stuff fall into place. I just want to help this team win and everything else comes later."
Historically, GM Scott Pioli has extended guys midseason in the final year of their contract. If that trend holds true with Albert, he'll see an extension sometime this fall.
If it doesn't hold true, then the Chiefs have a major question mark at left tackle. Donald Stephenson was drafted in the third round this year but the Chiefs have cautioned that he could take some time to develop so I don't think he's viewed as Albert's successor.
With no true replacement in house, the Chiefs gotta extend Albert, right?