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Chiefs Release Statement On Albert

The Kansas City Chiefs were the big winners today at the NFL’s franchise tag deadline, re-signing starters WR Dwayne Bowe and P Dustin Colquitt while also tagging LT Branden Albert.

Following the news that Albert was tagged, the Chiefs released a statement on the move.

“Today was the league’s deadline to designate a franchise player and we felt it was in the best interest of the Kansas City Chiefs to place the tag on Branden,” General Manager John Dorsey said. “We will continue to negotiate with Branden and his agent to reach a deal that is mutually beneficial. We are looking forward to working with Branden in the near future.”

The Chiefs and Albert have until July 15th to reach a long-term deal. If they do not, Albert will have to play under the tag or not play at all.

The Chiefs can also remove the franchise tag before July 15th if Albert doesn’t sign it first. It is a leverage game and right now, the Chiefs hold the upper hand.

Albert can try to hold on to some leverage by not signing the deal but he puts himself at risk by doing so because the Chiefs could turn around and decide to draft LT Luke Joeckel. If they do so, they could then take the franchise tag off the table, thus immediately making Albert a free agent. The problem for Albert, would be that he wouldn’t hit free agency until late April. By then, most of the teams willing to pay big bucks for a LT will have already made moves, thus Albert would find a much cooler market than he would have had the Chiefs not used the tag on him.

The Chiefs hold Albert’s rights for the 2013 season but there is still a small chance he could end up on another team.

In my opinion, Albert’s best bet is to sign the deal and work toward a long-term contract with the team.

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  • family man

    Trade Albert for Chicago’s 1st and 5th round draft picks and draft fisher #1 and the best CB on the table….I know I know Shut up

    • Norman Gunn

      I’ve heard a few trade ideas. I think it is not a bad idea. I would do the Chicago deal in a heart beat.

      • Ashton Hastings

        Eric fisher WILL NOT be available when the Bears pick is he is a top ten pick at the very latest he falls 11 to sandiego

  • Irebigjohn

    Draft and LT and develop him into a starter and let BA go next year. Next pick in the 3nd round go CB.
    4th ILB and 5th WR. Get Canty or Jenkins in FA, cut Dorsey and restructure Jackson if he doesn’t cut him too.

  • Nick Wherritt

    Does the money for franchising an offensive lineman vary by position, or are they all just considered offensive lineman? Because I was thinking, in the unlikely scenario that we draft joeckel and ask Albert to be a guard, would he be taking a pay cut from the franchise tag? Because around the league, left tackles are the highest payed lineman

  • freshmeat62

    Chiefs look like they hold the upper hand w/ Albert. They can almost force him to sign a new contract. If they trade him, the new team will want him to be under a long term contract. The Chiefs can hold over him that they will draft a LT, and move him to G if he stays w/ the Chiefs, thus diminishing his future bargaining power. I know he’s said he “will” be a LT next year, but he really doesn’t have much choice, unless he holds out for a year, and that would be dumb. Chicago’s first round pick (19) is probably about right for someone of his experience and ability.