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Branden Albert Officially Signs Franchise Tender

News broke a couple of days ago the Kansas City Chief LT Branden Albert would sign his franchise tender soon and now the team is confirming that he has.

From Chiefs PR:

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday that tackle Branden Albert has signed his franchise tender.

Albert (6-5, 316) has played in 73 games (71 starts) in five seasons with the Chiefs. He’s helped pave the way for Chiefs running backs, including Jamaal Charles, who has recorded three 1,000-yard rushing seasons behind Albert and company. In 2012, the Chiefs racked up 2,395 yards on the ground, the fifth-highest rushing output in club annals. Since Albert’s arrival in 2008, the club has averaged 133.2 rushing yards per contest.

The Glen Burnie, Md., native originally entered the NFL as Kansas City’s second of two first-round picks (15th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was an All-ACC selection at Virginia where he started as a true freshman. He was a two-way standout player at Glen Burnie High School in Glen Burnie, Md.

Now it is official. Albert is locked up for at least the 2013 season. KC and Albert have until July 15th to come to a long-term agreement. If they don’t, Albert will play on the one-year contract.

Albert can also now be traded. Before now, Albert wasn’t technically under contract. The Chiefs just held his rights.

What do you think, Addicts? Will Albert be dealt by the Chiefs? Or will be play under the tag?

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  • Altarium

    I think, unless we can get someone to overpay with draft picks for Albert, that he’ll play under the tag this year. Regardless of whether or not is does to dealt though, I’m glad to see that he decided to go ahead and sign it, instead creating a situation like Bowe did last year…

  • Luke Haines

    I hope we work out a long term deal. At 1st I was all for going in another direction at LT a few years back, but the big man has been getting better and better and should be rewarded with a long term deal. I hated when we traded Jared Allen but without that trade there would be no B Albert or J Charles in KC, lets keep what we have in tact and fill holes and depth as needed.

  • Mutty Sharfi

    Unless we can get a 1st for him I would prefer to sign him to a long term deal. It is unclear what kind of money Albert is looking for but I can see a contract that is a little larger than what Long just as totally reasonable.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I wouldn’t trade him unless a team is offering either an R1 multiple early draft picks in 2013.

  • Jim Harper

    My preference would be to keep him and draft Joeckel to play the right side for the time being. But a trade is feasible if for a first and a second this year and a second next year

  • Calchiefsfan

    All options are on the table but we would need to get either a high 1st round pick or a mid to low 1st round and an additional 2nd or 3rd. He’s worth it. Personally, I would like to see them work out a long term contract if Reid/Dorsey are satisfied that his back is not a major issue.
    In an ideal world we could trade down a couple of spots, (to 7 or 8), and get a top player and then get a solid RT in the second and depth at guard with one of our 3rd round picks.

    • Don417

      he’s not worth that much. There’s mediocre Tackles in free agency.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Except Albert isn’t mediocre

  • Stacy D. Smith

    A new report just surfaced. USA Today’s Mike Garofolo is reporting that the Chiefs are ‘actively’ shopping Branden Albert.

  • jimfromkcj

    If Joeckel is just as good as Albert, it would be foolish to not get a return on Albert leaving. Many of the professional scouts who grades the rookie crop think Joeckel has the potential to be a pro bowl type LT. Albert has never been that quality and at his age probably never will. So if we can cut our cap for 20 plus million over the next four years, why wouldn’t we? I would be happy with a 2nd this year and a 2nd next year for him and my draft would be Joeckel in the first, Barrett Jones in the 2nd and Faulk in the third. With an off line of LT Joeckel, LG Asamoah or Hudson, OC Jones or Hudson, RG Schwartz, and Faulk or Stephenson at RT I think we just might have the best off line in the NFL.

  • Don417

    good signing, now trade him.