Why? Because he wants a contract starting at the level of the franchise compensation, and going up from there long term. This is too expensive. With today's salary cap, and the prospects that it stays flat for the next 2 years after this one, a typical team will be able to sustain 6, maybe 8, $6 million per year contracts. The Chiefs' 6 include Hali, Berry, Albert, Flowers, A. Smith, and Jackson. They can add no more without serious cap ramifications. 8 $6+ million contracts come at the consequence of depth (think of Peyton Manning's Indianapolis team and its poor depth). Now, the Chiefs would like to trade Albert to free up roughly $5 million, which is critical room to operate this season (sign draft picks, pay practice squad and IR players). They'll not likely find any trading partners. Only Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Jacksonville, and Green Bay have the cap room to trade for and sign Albert long-term. Tampa Bay is saving room to acquire Darrelle Revis; let's say they don't acquire Revis, they're still not likely to trade for Albert because they have Donald Penn. Who's Donald Penn? He's a guy who has gone to more Pro Bowls than Branden Albert. Ok, so what about Cincinnati? Cincinnati perennially does not spend the entirety of their salary cap. Besides, they have Andrew Whitworth, another fellow who has been to more Pro Bowls than Branden Albert. Cleveland has Joe Thomas. Green Bay has a 1st rounder backing up their starter. That leaves Philadelphia, at no. 4 in this draft, and Jacksonville, at no. 2, who can pick among two cheaper alternatives to Albert if they thought offensive tackle were a need (Jacksonville also has the guy who kicked Albert into guard in college). Let's say NY does trade Revis before the draft, freeing up considerable cap room; they have D'Brickashaw Ferguson, another guy who has been to more Pro Bowls than Albert. Before you say, wait, what about Miami? Miami has $8 million in cap room and will still need to free up some to make all their contracts fit. As much as they may want a better left tackle than Jonathan Martin, they had their chance by resigning Jake Long and didn't want to pay what he got (1/3 less than the franchise tag). What's the likely scenario then? Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher are drafted and spend a year on the right side. Albert doesn't get the franchise tag next season and becomes a free agent, signing a contact averaging approximately 2/3 of what he's asking for now (i.e., Jake Long's contract).