Only Albert Missing From 1st Day of Off-season Work

From the Truman Sports Complex

Andy Reid said hello Monday morning to his new football team as the Chiefs kicked off their nine-week off-season program with a strength and conditioning session.

Of the 65 players currently on the Chiefs roster, 64 were in the house at the team’s training facility.

The only man missing was LT Branden Albert. The franchise player designee can take part in the sessions because he signed his tender offer and thus is guaranteed his salary for the 2013 season.

Reid said he wasn’t surprised by Albert’s absence, and did not know when the team might see him. As a signed player for 2013, Albert is required only to take part in a 3-day mandatory mini-camp in early June.

“They guys that are here, we’ll work with,” said Reid, who indicated that he doesn’t get very worked up over player absences in the off-season. “It gives the next man an opportunity to get himself better and get ready to play.”

In the last two weeks there have been plenty of rumors about the possible trade of Albert, but those seemed to have died down over the Easter weekend.

Without Albert, the 2013 Chiefs began their long journey with meetings to go over the basics of the offense, defense and special teams, and then a conditioning session.

“It’s good to get everybody back in the building today and start the off-season program,” Reid said. “These days are not mandatory workouts, so it’s good to see the turnout we had and the effort the buys put in, not only in the meeting room, but also in the weight room and the conditioning program.

“They are in the right frame of mind to start this off, and I have no doubt they are going to work hard to get better. From a coaching standpoint, that’s all you can ask.”

2 Responses to “Only Albert Missing From 1st Day of Off-season Work”

  • April 2, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    Kinda interesting that out of 65 guys Albert is the only one that didn’t show up. 9.8 million and gives the appearance of not being happy. Poor guy.

  • April 2, 2013  - txchief says:

    Albert is behaving like spoiled child. He signs the tender that guarantees him nearly $10,000,000.00 and then doesn’t show up for work!

    If he wants the big long term contract, he needs to be at the Chiefs facility showing Andy Reid how much he is needed at LT. As well, his immature behavior doesn’t show other franchises that he is a motivated player who wants to do what he can to help a team. Sitting out diminishes his value in trade and his image in the eyes potential suitors.

    The Chiefs don’t need any overpaid divas. He needs to get in their and prove his worth to the new regime, just like everyone else. Unless he’s willing to sacrifice a little for the betterment of the team, he should be shown the door.

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