No Contract For Branden Albert, Chiefs

Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) walks to the locker room after the San Diego Chargers beat the Chiefs 31-13 at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The deadline has come and gone and the Kansas City Chiefs and LT Branden Albert have failed to come to an agreement on a long-term contract extension.

As such, Albert will play the 2013 season under the franchise tag, which will pay him roughly $9.8 million  for the season.

The Chiefs had the leverage all along and there wasn’t much Albert could do about it.

The good news is the Chiefs should get the very best out of Albert his season. Since he is technically playing in a contract year, Albert should be sure to bring it every Sunday and bring it with a chip on his shoulder. The former first-round pick will want to put the rest of the NFL on notice that he is indeed worth the big payday he was seeking this offseason from the Chiefs.

This also buys the Chiefs time to evaluate not only Albert, but their other young tackles as well. There is a new regime in Kansas City and GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid will know a lot more about their players after a season of football than they were able to glean off of some game tape and a handful of limited practices.

Should Albert impress, the Chiefs might consider coughing up the big bucks to re-sign him. If Albert doesn’t impress, he could find himself moved to RT in favor of rookie first overall pick, Eric Fisher. That could hurt Albert’s stock should he become a free agent next offseason.

If I had to guess, I’d say Albert plays the season out at LT at a level we are accustomed to seeing and then departs in free agency ala Glenn Dorsey.

Topics: Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Jim Harper

    I agree Paddy. This is a win win for the Chiefs. They should get the very best Albert has to offer, but I don’t see that translating into a Clady type of deal for him. And I definitely don’t see him getting franchised again. Now it will be interesting to see who gets their deal reworked for cap space.

  • ladner morse

    I was under the impression that it would cost the Chiefs more to leave Albert on a franchise tag than to sign him long term… at least from a 2013 stand point.

    All the data I’ve come across shows the Chiefs can’t afford to do this… as far as the salary cap goes and they haven’t even signed their first round pick Eric Fisher yet.

    Also along the salary cap lines… I was hoping the Chiefs would be enough under the cap when camp rolls around that they’d be able to pick up someone valuable, say, a middle linebacker, who may get cut by another team.

    Anyone know where the Chiefs are at with the salary cap… now that Albert is keeping the 9.8mil this year?

    • Calchiefsfan

      I believe that leaves them $3-3.5 million under the cap which they probably need most of to sign Fisher.

    • Troy Utt

      Lad, As of about one week ago the last report I had seen from the NFLPA was $3.56mil… I would assume that is with Alberts contract number figured in, as he had already signed his tender. Really about the only contract of substance they have to rework is that of Hali, correct? Berry’s was the last of the old-style pay scale / before they went to the slotted pay for first round picks if I am not mistaken… If not that is another good size chunk of change we can look at modifying…  

    • redchiefs

      9.8mil this year only is far cheaper than 8+mil over next 4 or 5 years. Too much gamble with the history of back spasms and not playing full schedule.

  • sidibeke

    I think the Chiefs will have a hard time keeping him if Albert plays well and stays healthy this next year. They kind of hosed him, especially if they didn’t even put an offer on the table as Stacy suggested in a comment the other day.

    How is 9,8 M hosed? If he does get hurt this year, this could be his last payday.

  • ArrowFan

    So was there or was there not an offer on the table
    ? If so how much and how long? I find it hard to beleive that there wasn’t an offer. It most likely was the same offer that was presented to him before all the trade talks.

  • KEM

    They seemed to be paying above market value for some of the free agents they signed this year – maybe that was to send a message to the rest of the team that if you deserve it and earn it the Chiefs new regime will reward you handsomely – only thing is that it would have been nice to have an extra 3 or 4 mil in cap room but “If” Dorsey is a draft genius like some say then Cap Space won’t be a problem in a few years…….Always the “If’s”

  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    Albert is not smart. I will put an 80 percent chance he gets hurt this year and ends up taking a contract significantly less than what he was offered this year.

    • Pealvin

      What do you mean Albert is not smart in context of your message?

      • Pessimisticchiefsfan

        For not getting a long term contract. I think his stock is as high now as it will ever be and in the long run he will lose a significant amount of money.

        • Pealvin

          I see. I think both parties could have done a lot better in these past few months.

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