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Branden Albert’s Cryptic Instagram: ‘I’m Coming Home’


The Branden Albert – Kansas City Chiefs offseason drama continued this weekend with a cryptic Instagram post from Albert.

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It’s official. I’m comin home, I’m comin home tell the world I’m comin home. #ItWasFun #DestinedforGreatness #ChiefNation #kcchiefs

This message caused quite a stir among Chiefs fans. Some thought it meant that Abert had signed a long-term deal with the team. Others thought it meant that Albert had been traded, mostly because of the “#ItsBeenFun” part.

According to Ian Rapoport, who has been doing a terrific job covering the Albert saga for NFL Network and NFL.com, it means neither.

From Rapoport’s Twitter:

Chiefs head coach andy Reid was asked about Albert’s comments on 610 Sports Radio this morning by Bob Fescoe and Johsh Klingler. According to Reid, no deal is in place.

“There hasn’t been anything done yet,” Reid said. “We’re talking so we’ll see how everything works out down the road here. I’m glad he feels that way. He’s a good kid. I know the business side of this can make guys look like bad guys but there is a business side to it. We understand that and we work through it and try to make it work for both sides. Unfortunately they put a cap on things so you have to work through all of that stuff and how you situate your money. I’m glad he put that out there.”

Just because Reid is saying there is no deal in place right now doesn’t mean the two sides aren’t close. If Albert was told by his agent that a deal is just about done, that could have led Albert to send out the Instagram message. Teams don’t like to announce these things publicly until the ink on the contract is dry.

Based on what we’ve heard Albert is looking for money-wise, for a deal to be close, Albert’s camp probably would have had to make some adjustments to their expectations. A big deal for ALbert would create a salary cap space situation for the Chiefs and so some massaging would have had to have been done to reach a deal.

The other possibility here is that Albert finally got the clarification he has been looking for from the Chiefs. He has long said that he just wants to know what position he will be playing and for what team. The Chiefs, if they have decided Albert will be with them for at least 2013, may have confirmed to Albert that they have no plans to trade him this year and that he will play LT in 2013. That may have been enough to convince Albert to decide to send out the message.

The Chiefs and Albert can still work towards a long-term deal until July. After that, Albert will be forced to play the 2013 season under the franchise tag.

What do you think, Addicts? Are the Chiefs and Albert close to a deal or is this business is usual?

(h/t Arrowhead Pride)

Tags: Branden Albert Kansas City Chiefs

  • Priest4Prez

    Maybe he just likes the song…or maybe a video game junkie.

    • Brody Hall

      ASSASSINS CREED BABY!

      • Lenny Lieurance

        Glitches aside, AC3 was a great game.

        • Priest4Prez

          Playing as Conner was fun; nothing was better than throwing down on a bear with a tomahawk!

      • Priest4Prez

        THANK YOU! I couldn’t recall where I heard that jingle

  • Chris Tarrants

    Hopefully he means he is going to show up with the team

  • redchiefs

    NFL Network is reporting negotiations for a long term deal are underway. Albert is asking something in the neighborhood of 6yrs, 53.6M or so. Perhaps a big signing bonus would keep the cap hit under 7m?

  • http://www.facebook.com/PullinInGreen Tyleet Heggs

    We are gonna be hard to defend, go chiefs

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Agreed.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    All this tells me, is that Albert likes J. Cole.

    • redchiefs

      I bet his agent’s telling him it’s a sure thing he’ll be making what the top tackles in the league make. I like Albert, he’s a good tackle, I’m just not convinced he’s one of the top 5 tackles. I may be wrong and his best days are ahead. No doubt he’s still improving every year, and with a good line coach he might become that next Willie Roaf, I sure hope so. I’d prefer he’d be more willing to take 7M rather than 8M.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I’m sure it’s probably related to his situation, but it’s impossible to know how to interpret that. Time will tell.

      • KCMikeG

        Albert is continuing to get better which he has done while adjusting to the NFL game and the move from LG to LT. Having a better WR/TE group and a QB that can get the ball out his ratings will soar. I hope we get a reasonable 2-3 year deal with options for years 4 & 5. With Albert our OL has the potential to be very good.

    • thabear04

      or probably Diddy

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Touche.

    • Norman Gunn

      Back home during off season?

  • chiefdeorty

    Lets go Brandon make believers out of everybody and have a great year.

  • ArrowFan

    As long as we don’t guarantee more than 2 to 3 years (preferably 2) and more than 8 mill per year I’m happy. It could be a 15 year contract for all I care.

    • KCMikeG

      That would be the perfect scenario. Time to develop Stephenson and see if Allen can be saved. Time to draft and/or FA if needed. Time served while winning would be great for all concerned.

  • UtahChiefan

    The drama continues..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7407726 Nicholas Alan Clayton

    Let him walk next year and get big money somewhere (protecting Tannehill’s broken legs perhaps) and take the 3rd-round compensatory we’re sure to get for him. Resigning him means investing quite a lot in two players on the O-line (one of which doesn’t want to be flexible regardless of how Fisher progresses).

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Reid believes in investing heavily in his offensive line. That Philly offensive line was worth something like $100m, if memory serves.

    • christian rajkovic

      Another idiot who thinks they are getting a 3rd round compensatory pick for Albert. Ive never seen a more disgusting and delusional fan base.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7407726 Nicholas Alan Clayton

        Compensatory picks are awarded based on the size of the contract they get elsewhere. We got a 3rd this year because Brandon Carr got about $10 mil a year in Dallas. That’s the neighborhood of what Albert wants — $8-9 million. If he gets it, we will get a 3rd.

  • Jim Harper

    I don’t get it. Just what the hell does it mean?

  • Jim Harper

    Ok, I am 64 years old and don’t even know what an instagram is. Would somebody enlighten me?

    • billy bob

      its a social service that allows people to post pictures and comments.

      • Jim Harper

        Thanks to you also. The technology goes faster than I can learn. Just beginning to understand Twitter.

        • Justin R Groth

          Basically they are all the same Jim.

  • KC Claussen

    Isn’t Miami ‘Home’ ?

  • Danny W

    I don’t know what this means but the fact that he’s been a diva is something that he’s gonna be watched closely for in the future. I’m coming home? Awesome or whatever or who cares! Hopefully he’s not going to be a big baby this year and does his job like he always does.

    • Justin R Groth

      How is he a diva or baby or a cancer. he wanted something and asked for it. He did not hold out on signing the tender, he isn’t bad talking the team. His agent probably told him he was worth x money so that’s what he told is agent to get. However he didn’t do anything to hurt this team in anyway.

      • me33

        you get 10 mil, you play where you are asked, and say such. you don’t say you don’t want to play a position

        • Justin R Groth

          Ok we should move bowe to safety or Jamaal to wr. Honestly we are argueing about media spectulation. There has been no indication that Ried asked him to make the change. All we have is a man getting mad about a fan badgering him on Twitter, And that same man asking if he will be a chief or traded for the season.

          • Danny W

            And so he got pissy with fans. When Eric Winston gets cut he states “Good night on that note” already displeased with team moves that indicate he might have to switch. That’s what that says to Albert. If they draft Joeckel then I have to move to the right side so he gets so defensive his agent has him delete his account. The dudes a baby! The fact that he can’t handle himself on twitter in and of it’s self is pretty unprofessional. If your confident in yourself you don’t even go there. Silly debate really the guy is a solid left tackle and it’s over an article that’s misunderstood.

          • Justin R Groth

            No it shows he is human and was upset his friend and team mate got fired, especially since (despite fan hate) Winston did a good job the year before. That had nothing to do with Joeckle or Fisher. What is happening is people are assuming and connecting dots that they believe are logical. The problem with that is we don’t know what Ried and Albert have talked about. What we know is that Albert has said he wants to be a chief. We know he is a good LT, we know Miami was ok with paying Albert but not ok with giving up a second round draft pick. We know he is still a chief. If being upset his.friend was fired.makes him a diva than fine I’m a diva too. As for him being selfish, its simple if I said in my right hand I held a check for 5 million dollars and in my left I held 7-8 million which would you pick? My final thought is this LT and RT are both important however in the eyes of the men in charge LT>RT in terms of need and respect so asking or demanding a player to move from the LT to any other position on the line is like telling the CEO of a company to move to head of Legal both are good but one is better.

          • Danny W

            I think it’s all total speculation on both of our parts really. I don’t care to give the guy a pass honestly I’m not saying he’s a cancer. I just don’t think he handled himself very well. You like him as a guy, I don’t, but I think his play is pretty solid. I don’t mind having Branden Albert as our left tackle even though I would say day one our right tackle is better.

      • Danny W

        He tweeted that Luke Joeckel couldn’t hold his jock strap. His attitude has been horrible. Refusing to play any other position on the field is being a baby. It’s the kind of thing Albert Haynseworth pulled. He’s a cry baby.

        • Darkwolf1414

          Again, I’m hearing the reference to Albert tweeting a comment about Luke Joeckel. Albert deleted his twitter account LONG before people started saying that. In fact there was an article on AA talking about his deleting his account before he said something outrageous!

          • Danny W

            I do believe it was a retweet. Either way here’s the article as to why Albert deleted his twitter account. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/07/branden-albert-bids-farewell-to-twitter/
            Read that and then tell me the guy isn’t being a bit of diva.

          • Justin R Groth

            I did read that article and before he deleted the account I read the tweets and two things show up. First it was “fans” badgering him with multiple comments about him taking over for Winston. and he told him he was the left tackle (which he was/is) they then asked him multiple times f that ment he would be the left tackle where he told them to bet thief add on it. Every season he improves and does a good job and every year he is told by the fans and media he should move usually to guard. I would be annoyed to. There is no proof Ried asked him to be anything but LT only the media and “fans” came up with that idea.

          • Darkwolf1414

            No place in that article does it show where Albert said that Joeckel couldn’t hold his jock strap. It’s a phantom tweet that I’ve heard of only twice and neither time has the person been able to substantiate the claim that it was ever made. It might have been you both times. I read the article and I read the article here on AA. I don’t think he’s being a diva.

          • dioxintribe

            I would have said and done the same thing as he tweeted. on March 7th, It was his position and nobody should be asking him that – it was a stupid assumption that someone tweeted to him about moving to RT to goad him. So why answer a bunch more tweets from idiots. BA also has said subsequently in live interviews about WANTING to play for the Chiefs. Nobody is gonna care in the fall, so why all the drama girls?

        • Justin R Groth

          With what.Twitter account? If Alex Smith was asked by fans and media not coaches to play rb do u think he would simply sayok?

        • christian rajkovic

          Your a cry baby Danny. Shut up, all Albert is doing is what is best for his family. Your such a whining moron

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1387073453 Phantom’Da Rhymocide Spade

    Get off the dudes back!!!! What makes this guy “diva”, “locker room cancer”, etc????? He has signed the tag and hasn’t missed any mandatory team activities. I don’t get the hate.

    • Danny W

      Albert is holding out for top five left tackle money and he isn’t even close to top five. He’s being a diva about which position he thinks he needs to play. No other team wanted to give a first or second round pick for the guy in his prime. This says a whole lot to me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1387073453 Phantom’Da Rhymocide Spade

        He is not holding out. If he misses mandatory otas then he is holding out. Who knows if he was even offered top twenty tackle money. No one said he “had” to move to right tackle but media and fans.

        • Danny W

          Sources close to his agent say he’s looking for a contract much like what Jake Long got in STL. If he wasn’t wanting top money he wouldn’t be that hard to sign.

          • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

            All due respect Danny but he is just doing what is best for him, just like the Chiefs will do what is best for the Chiefs. If he thinks he can get that cheese, shouldn’t he try to get it? It is his career and his future.

            Also, according to reports, the Dolphins were willing to pay him that kind of money but weren’t willing to pay him that kind of money and pay the Chiefs a 2nd round pick. So BA got some confirmation that there IS a market for him at the price he wants. He has every right to negotiate and use leverage to get what he thinks he’s worth.

          • Danny W

            Paddy
            Fair enough. I think for me the whole positional argument where he will only play left tackle, and when asked other wise, he comments about how asinine it is, makes me like him less. I hope he comes in and does well on a contract that’s team friendly. He’s not a top 5 left tackle whether Miami is willing to pay him that or not. You are right though. He is doing everything within his rights as a player and in the NFL you have to play hard ball or you will be taken even by the best owners.
            I can concede to a counter point when given one Paddy. I may be a bit stubborn about my opinions but I don’t think I’m a complete ass hole about them. My ego can handle being wrong.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1387073453 Phantom’Da Rhymocide Spade

            Yeah he got a little emotional. I just don’t want him to leave.

          • Larry Devore

            too bad it’s only Miami and that ship has sailed.

        • Danny W

          It’s also how he responds with just fans mentioning moving to right tackle. He deleted his twitter account because he was about to get himself in trouble. Heres the article. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/07/branden-albert-bids-farewell-to-twitter/

  • Bosco Cletus

    And when you arrive, straight to Mr. Dorseys office you go!!

  • Jim Harper

    I have no idea what it means. A couple of weeks ago all the talking heads said he was going to Miami, then Miami thinks we are desperate and don’t even want to give us a 2nd rounder. If you think about it this is pretty much a win win for the Chiefs. If he plays under the franchise tag then he has to have a banner year to get what he wants. If he signs a long term deal we get cap help. I am just tired of the whole circus!

  • BurtGummer44

    Offensive Linemen should be seen and not heard.