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Branden Albert skips Chiefs’ first voluntary workout

Updated: 2013-04-01T22:02:48Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

Left tackle Branden Albert was the only member of the Chiefs’ 65-man roster who did not report to the team’s first day of voluntary off-season workouts and meetings Monday.

Albert last month signed a one-year, $9.83 million franchise tender. But there is a possibility the Chiefs could use the first overall pick of the upcoming NFL Draft to take either Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M or Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and ask Albert to switch to right tackle or guard, something he has said he does not want to do.

It’s also possible that Albert was told by the club not to report if the Chiefs are trying to trade him.

“You’ll find I don’t get caught up in that,” coach Andy Reid said when asked if he was disappointed by Albert’s absence. “The guys that are here we’ll work with, and that gives the next man the opportunity to get better and get ready to play.”

Jones signs, Studebaker released

The Chiefs announced the signing of veteran linebacker Edgar Jones and released linebacker Andy Studebaker.

Jones signed with the Chiefs last year after spending five seasons with Baltimore, primarily as a special-teams player. He appeared in all 16 games for the Chiefs in 2012, and the highlight of his season was returning a fumble by Tampa Bay punter Michael Koenen following a blocked punt 11 yards for a touchdown.

Studebaker, 27, played five seasons for the Chiefs, mostly on special teams, and started eight games. He was scheduled to receive $2.055 million in salary this season, which was prohibitive for a special-teams player, but it’s possible Studebaker could eventually re-sign with the team at a lower contract.

Studebaker signed with the Chiefs as a free agent in 2008 after he was released by Philadelphia, coached by Reid.

Defining Brad Childress’ role

Reid defined the role of former Minnesota head coach Brad Childress, who was hired last week as the club’s spread game analyst and special projects assistant.

“You’re seeing a new wave of football in the NFL with the spread offense,” Reid said. “Brad has a lot of knowledge in offensive football and has spent time studying the spread. He will help on both the offensive side and defensive side … and the schemes that are being used.

“That’s one phase of it, and he’ll do special projects, whether it’s breaking down our red zone by hash (mark), by field position, time on the clock, all of those things. When you’re in the crunch of a season, you get a sharp offensive mind to do that and give you some suggestions.”

Geno Smith to visit

Reid said quarterback Geno Smith of West Virginia was to arrive in Kansas City on Monday night and visit with the coaching staff and general manager John Dorsey.

The Chiefs may not necessarily be interested in taking Smith with the first pick of the draft, but they’re doing their diligence in case another team wants to trade for the pick, and Smith would slide down in the first round.

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/randycovitz.

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