Branden Albert trade: 5 things to take from it

Rob Carr

From the FanPosts. Albert isn't quite gone yet! -Joel

Well Branden Albert is all but gone. It looks like he will be a Dolphin unless something bad happens. I am a little bittersweet about it but I understand why they are doing this. Can't negotiate with someone who doesn't want to.

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The real question needs to be answered. What does this all mean for the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs?

I am going to attempt to answer that question.

  1. The Chiefs are taking a OT with their first pick- This is all but a given and deep down, we have known this for months. We don't know if it is Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel but one of those two is going to be a Chief. There is the possibility that they don't but I would not bet on it. OT fits both BPA and PON.

  2. 2008 is the only year that the Chiefs will not have their first round pick on the roster- From 2005 to present, the Chiefs have had their first round pick on the roster, until now. In order it was Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Dwayne Bowe, Glenn Dorsey, Branden Albert, Tyson Jackson, Eric Berry, Jon Baldwin, Dontari Poe. Glenn Dorsey is now a Niner and now Albert is (probably) going to be a Dolphin. Not really important but a fun bit of trivia.

  3. The offensive line is a great unknown- The only starter on the line that has more than a year of experience starting is Big Jon. Jeff Allen was forced to start last year, Rodney Hudson played for less than three games, Donald Stephenson started four games and we don't know what we have with a rookie. That is a really scary thought. Sorry Alex.

  4. Frees up some cash- With this trade, the Chiefs should get the money that Branden Albert made from the tag back. While it may not seem like a big deal, it is. They need money to sign their draft picks. It was either trade Albert, cut some more dead weight or come to a deal. The third option was not going to happen because the new brass want Albert to possibly play RT and he has made it known (a little too well for my liking) that was not going to happen. So it was either cut another player or trade. Trade was the most likely option due to us spending our second round pick on Alex Smith. Although the Chiefs don't have a lot of holes, that second would be nice to get back.

  5. Sends a message- Either get with the system or get out. I believe that he is going to be traded because he was unwilling to move over to RT. He has been a good LT but for Andy Reid, he was more valuable at RT. Jamaal Charles' role is going to be different compared to years past. He is going to see a large role in receiving. He is still going to get his rushing yards but he could see a few of those carriers turn into receptions. I didn't see him complaining on Twitter. Branden didn't want to get with the system, so he is going to find himself on another team. Plus you don't want that kind of attitude in the locker room either.

As much as it sucks to lose Branden, there was always a chance that either he or Bowe were not going to be on the team come opening day. That chance has become will soon become a fact. Maybe Andy Reid and John Dorsey knew that Albert was going to want more money than the Chiefs were willing to give and that is why they were prepared to let Albert walk and maybe work a deal with Bowe. Fact is that Branden Albert will not be a Chief in the next few days. Going to be hard but we will survive.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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