A lot of people seem to think we have to trade for Albert to help our draft success. That we are leveraged into trading for him now. Whenever you think your hand is leveraged in a deal, turn around and realize the best option is to walk away.
For those who think we HAVE to trade for Albert NOW, imagine this.... "With the 1st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select TACKLE <insert name here>". The world is ending, right? No. The grass on our side just got a LOT greener.
At that point, I sit back and use all of my 1st and 2nd round picks to draft the players I want, BPA. Then, after I've made my 54th selection, I call up Kansas City and say "I will give you the 2nd round pick in next year's draft for Albert".
What is KC going to do? KEEP Albert AND their new Left Tackle? Think of the implications.
You just sent a clear message to the entire NFL. And even if you don't get Albert, you have 11 picks, Eric Winston, McKinney or other FAs to plug the hole.
We OWN ALL the leverage here guys. ALL of the leverage.
Let Andy Reid chew on crow for a while. In fact, we've already so much as told Albert the money is ok with us. That is a blatant tactic to put all of the pressure on Reid. How many other teams have show as much interest or done as much work on this deal? No one.
We hold the cards. If I trade, it's next year's 2nd and a used A.J. Feeley game day jersey or I'd walk away.