From the Truman Sports Complex
Andy Reid picked up the phone over the past two weeks and gave Branden Albert a call.
And the Chiefs head coach said that Albert will be at the Chiefs facility on Monday to start taking part in the team’s off-season program. OTA sessions begin next week with three practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“I had some great talks with Branden Albert and he’ll be in here on Monday,” Reid told the media after practice. “He’ll be on the left side right now and Eric (Fisher) is going to play the right side.
“That’s two pretty good bookends right there, and we also know that Donald Stephenson is also a good football playerâ€¦ we are blessed, we really have three guys that I feel can play the left side.”
Reid reiterated that Albert will stay at left tackle for now and that No. 1 draft choice Eric Fisher will play right tackle. That’s where Fisher was during Friday’s rookie mini-camp practice. Albert’s arrival has nothing to do with the parties being close to a long-term contract deal.
“That’s an ongoing situation,” Reid said. “He’s coming to get some practice in.”
It was Reid that took the initiative to contact Albert and try to open up a line of communication and to see if they parties could overcome what has been at best a rocky first few months between the new regime and the 5-year veteran left tackle.
“I just wanted to communicate; I felt that was important,” Reid said. “We weren’t able to do that before the draft, and I wanted to make sure we touched base.”