Originally Posted by keg in kc
Trading Albert makes no sense if they're really in "win now" mode. They're going to be starting a new pair of tackles, and I don't care if he's going 1 or not, whoever it is, Joeckel or Fisher, is a project heading into 2013. Hell, the entire line is projects now. No wonder they haven't signed Alex Smith to an extension. He might be kindling by week 6. You can talk all you want about how he isn't worth Duane Brown money, or he isn't a top-5 tackle, but the reality is that they're dealing, by far, the best lineman that they have. And the end result is that the unit as a whole is likely going to get weaker, not stronger, regardless of how amazing people think whatever middling tackle they select at 1.1 may be eventually.
Keeping Albert doesn't make any sense if they have no intentions of giving him a long term deal. If they are certain he won't be around for long, they might as well go through the pains of re-shuffling the line now (when they have a lot of options on the table) and work on forming a long-term starting line up now instead of delaying the inevitable.