The first round of the showdown between the Chiefs and their franchise player, Branden Albert, looks like a draw.
Albert wanted a lucrative, long-term contract, whether from Kansas City or another team. The Chiefs wanted a draft pick in any trade for Albert or to have their longtime left tackle on their practice field.

Neither side got what it wanted. Albert, who has signed his one-year, $9.83 million contract, is still with the Chiefs. But he has yet to report for offseason work.

So things still sit at a stalemate. With training camp more than 2½ months off, plenty of time remains for the sides to resolve the situation.

But the clock is moving.

“It’s a little bit of a distraction for the Chiefs but not that much of a distraction,” said Herm Edwards, the Chiefs’ head coach when they drafted Albert in the first round in 2008. “Not yet, anyway.”

The signs have been ominous. Albert, in his last public comments, told the NFL Network in early April he would report to the Chiefs “when the time is right,” but he didn’t explain when that would be.

Albert said he wanted clarification on whether the Chiefs intended to play him at left tackle, his preferred position, and whether the Chiefs would trade him.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid recently clarified one point, saying Albert would be the left tackle “if he was here today.” Beyond that, the Chiefs wouldn’t guarantee Albert would remain in Kansas City.

“In this league … nothing is ever dead,” Reid said regarding trade possibilities involving Albert. “Everything stays pretty fluid in this league. To say that, I don’t think you can say that type of thing.”

The Chiefs obviously have been concerned that Albert will continue his holdout. They selected a possible replacement, Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, with the first pick in the draft.

That development probably doesn’t make Albert happy. But since drafting Fisher and failing to trade Albert to the Miami Dolphins, Reid has struck a conciliatory note.