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Report: Chiefs want high second-round pick for Branden Albert

Updated: 2013-04-15T15:59:59Z

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs haven't found any takers for left tackle Branden Albert yet, but they are reportedly looking for at least a high second-round draft pick in a trade.

The Chiefs' asking price for Albert was reported this morning by Sports Illustrated's Peter King.

Whether or not the Chiefs are successful in trading Albert, they have to secure a most important position by drafting either of two tackles, Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, with the first pick in the NFL Draft on April 25.

If the Chiefs trade Albert, picking a tackle is the obvious choice. Even if they don’t, Albert is playing the season, unhappily, under a one-year contract worth $9.8 million, and without taking care of the position now, they’re facing another situation with him next year.

So the responsible thing for the Chiefs to do is go ahead and draft a tackle. That way, the Albert situation doesn’t threaten the franchise’s ability to move on.

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