After the sides were unable to agree on terms of a long-term contract, the Chiefs designated Albert as their franchise player, effectively preventing him from testing the free-agent market. Albert soon signed the Chiefs’ one-year contract offer worth $9.83 million, but has stayed away from the voluntary off-season conditioning program that began April 1.
He also was absent for last month’s full-squad mini-camp. Albert indicated in a television interview in April that he wanted assurances from the Chiefs that he wouldn’t be traded and that when he reported, he would play left tackle, his position since he joined the Chiefs in 2008 as a first-round draft pick.
“I’m just trying to keep a level head,” Fisher said. “You can’t really get ahead of yourself or let the expectations get to you or let the pressure get to you. It’s good be here, finally.”
As the first pick in the draft, Fisher will have to live with those expectations, for better or worse. He got a lesson just how different his life would be the morning after the draft.
He boarded a plane from New York to Kansas City, and as he walked past the cockpit, he was recognized by the captain, who asked Fisher to pose for a photo.
Canadian Cory Greenwood can see why Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson is rated by many as the NFL’s best receiver.
“He’s the first in the weight room and when he’s done lifting he’s on a treadmill running with a weighted vest on,” Greenwood said during a recent telephone interview. “Man, he’s a beast.”
Last season the six-foot-five, 236-pound Johnson, nicknamed Megatron by a former teammate because of his huge hands, led the NFL with 122 catches for a league-record 1,964 receiving yards. He also set league marks for consecutive 100-yard games (eight) and consecutive contests with 10 or more catches (four) while tying Hall of Famer Michael Irvin’s single-season record of 11 100-yard contests.
Tammy and her husband, former Birds coach Andy Reid, are selling almost everything they owned that’s Eagles-related, to raise money for the high school football team and Laurel House, a shelter and anti-domestic violence agency.
“We’ve got anything that we wore or collected over the last 14 seasons of Eagles gear,” she told WIP host Angelo Cataldi. “You know, jackets, shorts, pants, tops, sweatpants, my rainboots, my cowboy boots that have Eagles on ‘em. Everything’s autographed and ready to go.”