The status of Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has been a topic of conversation throughout the offseason, and with the deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contracts looming, it continues to be a situation that bears monitoring.

Albert has signed his franchise tender, so there are no concerns about a training camp holdout, but the question is whether a long-term deal can get signed before Monday’s deadline. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the sides have been talking, but there’s no deal and there’s not even a formal contract offer from the Chiefs. So it appears that a significant amount of work needs to be done.