The Kansas City Chiefs are trying to keep Branden Albert

Peter Aiken

After months of trying to jettison the former first round pick, Kansas City now might be looking to lock Albert up long-term.

After trying to trade Branden Albert for what seemed like a decade, the Kansas City Chiefs went through the entire draft without being able to find a deal.

Now, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs are trying to sign Albert to a long-term contract.

There were all sorts of rumors flying about the big man's future, most of which having Albert join the Miami Dolphins to become Ryan Tannehill's personal body guard for a second round pick and change.

It never materialized, and the Chiefs didn't let the chaos affect their draft plans. They took Central Michigan's left tackle Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick and said he can play any position on the line.

Here are five reasons why signing Albert to a large contract is a positive:

1. Stephenson gets more time to develop

Nothing against Donald Stephenson, but we have no idea how well he will play for 16 games knowing he's the starter of the future. Stephenson played admirably as a rookie, but right now Albert is the better player. Stephenson can play swing tackle right now, which is a very underrated spot. Guys get hurt, and he could be valuable depth.

Despite being 2-14 last season, this is a right-now team. Alex Smith and Andy Reid weren't brought in so they could rebuild.

2. Kansas City would have a dominant front

Albert is by far one of the best two tackles on the roster, and if Fisher becomes what most believe he will, the Chiefs might have the best set of tackles in the NFL. With the combination of Jeff Allen, Jon Asamoah and Rodney Hudson on the inside, the Chiefs would be able to give Smith ample time in the passing game and open huge holes for Jamaal Charles.

3. Salary cap ramifications

Getting Albert off the franchise tag this season may save general manager John Dorsey from having to cut someone that he would rather keep. It's understood that the Chiefs could extend Eric Berry to give themselves cap relief, but why not keep a very solid tackle AND extend Berry?

Albert's yearly number would go down, and depending on how the deal is structured it could help out the team in the long run as well.

4. Sending a message

Despite all the conjecture of almost trading Albert, the fact is it never happened. If the Chiefs sign him, it shows the team that they're willing to pay for production. Earlier this offseason, the new front office ponied up and inked Dwayne Bowe and Dustin Colquitt to large contracts.

Should they sign Albert, he's another player that got paid for doing his job. Don't think that gets lost on the rest of the NFL when free agency rolls around.

5. Confidence in the ranks

By signing Albert, it's solving another piece of the puzzle. Kansas City is trying to win its first playoff game since 1993, and needs all the good players it can get. Albert is a good player and someone who can lead the way for some of the young pups on the line.

Keeping him should show the other players that the Chiefs brass isn't looking toward a rebuild or anything of that nature. It shows they have the best possible roster on the field at the start of training camp, as they look to compete for the playoffs.

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