Albert signed his franchise tender Thursday and told USA Today Sports that he’s not “disgruntled,” as he has been portrayed in media reports.
He signed his tender two weeks after the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on him. Albert will make $9.828 million if he plays under the one-year contract.
That is no sure thing, though. The Chiefs have spoken to his representatives about a long-term contract in addition to word that he may be traded.
“I want to know where I’m going, when I’m going, and I want some security,” he told USA Today.
“The whole town can feel that we’re about to do some big things, but we still have to put in the work,” McCluster said. “But if we all stick together, we can make something special happen. I was very excited about the Alex Smith trade. He’s a guy who’s established. He’s been in the league — been there, done that — so hopefully he can come here and do the same thing.”
And, yes, McCluster is well aware that Reid has big plans for him in the Chiefs’ new offense.
“I’m a humble guy, but he’s expecting a lot of things of me,” McCluster said. “I know I have to go in there and put the work in and, hopefully, make it come true. I sat down with (Reid) briefly, and he just told me that when he first saw me he thought I was a guy who can be a playmaker. He really believed in me on and off the field. I want to show him that he was correct about that.”
Kansas City Chiefs: It’s difficult to find anyone who would argue that this wasn’t a winning offseason. In fact, the Chiefs might be among the biggest winners in free agency in the entire league. The Chiefs were aggressive and addressed every big need. First, they traded for quarterback Alex Smith, answering their most glaring hole with the best available player at the position. Then, they kept three key free agents in receiver Dwayne Bowe, punter Dustin Colquitt and left tackle Branden Albert. And after that, the Chiefs jumped aggressively into free agency. The additions of Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith could give Kansas City the best group of cornerbacks in the NFL. The Chiefs added in several other areas, including field-stretching receiver Donnie Avery and run-stuffing defensive lineman Mike DeVito. The new brass is determined to move on from the 2-14 disaster that was 2012.
Rivera and the Panthers experienced the fallout from the horrors of domestic violence firsthand when they played against the Chiefs at Kansas City on Dec. 2 last season, the day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before killing himself. Perkins was the mother of Belcher’s 3-month-old daughter. The Panthers did not initially know if they were going to be playing after the news broke, and Rivera vividly remembers the shock of that “eye-opening experience.”
“For me, it put this issue to the forefront,” he said. “When I had to tell our players what happened, you could feel the room become deflated.”
Both Rivera and Ted Bunch, who is a co-founder of A Call to Men, said the NFL has been working with its players when it comes to preventing domestic violence — starting with rookies — for several years.