Left tackle Branden Albert, the only Chiefs player who didn’t report to the start of the offseason program this week, said Tuesday morning that he wouldn’t return until the team commits to him beyond the one-year, $9.83 million contract Albert recently signed as their franchise player.

“I want to play for the Chiefs, but I want that commitment long-term,” Albert said in an interview with the NFL Network.

The Chiefs are reportedly exploring trading Albert, their starting left tackle for the past five seasons. They also may pick either of two tackle prospects, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M or Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, with the first selection of the upcoming draft.

“There has been speculation of me being not there, being traded,” Albert said. “So until I know my situation with certainty, I am going to stay away, work out and when the time is right, show up.”

Albert didn’t specify when that time might be.

Participation in the offseason program is voluntary. The only commitment for players under contract until training camp begins in July is the mandatory three-day minicamp, which for the Chiefs this year is June 4-6.

Albert didn’t indicate whether he would rejoin the Chiefs then if his situation isn’t resolved to his satisfaction.

“I haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “I’m (going) day by day. When the draft comes and I know where I am going, I will worry about that after.”