Chiefs open to keeping Branden Albert

Jamie Squire

Andy Reid and the Chiefs aren't ruling out keeping Branden Albert.

Branden Albert might not be traded after all. Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs are open to the idea of keeping Albert in 2013, rather than trading him, according to The Kansas City Star.

Kansas City was shopping Albert prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, seeking a second-round draft pick in return. Armed with two second-round picks and a need at left tackle, the Dolphins were linked to Albert in trade rumors -- and indeed discussed a trade with the Chiefs.

Miami general manager Jeff Ireland opted against using one of his picks to acquire Albert, and instead packaged one of Miami's two second-round picks with the No. 12 overall pick to acquire the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, to select Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.

The Chiefs used the franchise tag on Albert earlier this offseason, preventing him from reaching free agency. A team that trades for Albert will undoubtedly attempt to sign the left tackle to a long-term deal, but Albert is seeking a significant payday -- which is another hindrance in trade talks.

Kansas City is believed to want a 2014 second-round pick in exchange for Albert if they trade him. The Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers are potential destinations for Kansas City's left tackle.

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