Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Rumors: Branden Albert a Fit for the Atlanta Falcons?

How likely is a Branden Albert-Scott Pioli reunion this offseason? The initial thought would seem to be “doubtful” but Vaughn McClure of ESPN says Alberts’ name did come up at last week’s Senior Bowl.

The Falcons sorely need help along the offensive and defensive lines.

…It was only natural for someone to link Albert and the Falcons immediately after Scott Pioli was hired as the assistant general manager under Dimitroff. Pioli was the general manager in Kansas City for four years with Albert, although he didn’t draft the offensive tackle.

Albert has a few things going for him should he hit free agency: He’ll likely be the best offensive tackle on the market and there are a lot of teams that need to upgrade at left tackle. This combination means he’s due for a sizable contract beyond his actual worth. Consider PFF (Pro Football Focus) rated Albert as the 28th best tackle in the NFL this season. This reality may be enough to scare the frugal Pioli away.

Then there is this from McClure:

It seems unlikely that the Falcons will try to make a big-splash in free agency with an offensive tackle. If they’re going to spend the money, they might as well spend it on a pass-rusher.

We can probably go ahead and say Albert is going to end up with the Falcons, but it does speak to the market Albert may be entering. It is no longer a two-team market consisting of Miami and Arizona. In addition to those teams, Atlanta, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tennessee Titans could/should be in the market for offensive tackle help this offseason. Most of those teams could have tackle as their number one priority.

Watching what happens with Albert over the next few months is going to be very interesting.

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  • CrispySBC

    Albert looks like he’s more a fit for the Cards … if you believe the reports. Bleacher Report has his estimated contract at 5 yrs. $35 million so whatever team takes him better have some cap space. For an OT that’s really not too bad. I just read one report that put him as the 5th rated OT in the NFL ahead of Jake Long (Miami) and Sebastian Vollmer (NE).

    • Chuck Burrell

      Maybe you’re reading a report from 2012… Jake Long signed a huge deal to play for the Rams

      • berttheclock

        Jake Long was signed to a $34 M 4 year deal with the Rams. They broke it down in approximately, $16 M guaranteed (($5 M signing bonus, $3 M base for 2013 and $8 mill base in 2014). However, that 2014 base is only guaranteed if he remains healthy. Should he become injured, the guarantee will be cut in half. Knowing his injury background with the Dolphins, the Rams designed the contract to protect themselves.

        Interesting that over at the Cardinals, one of the LTs mentioned along with Albert is Veldheer, of whom, the Chiefs could have taken instead of Asamoah. Had they done so, Albert could have been moved to guard and the dollar signs in the eyes of his agent and himself would have diminished. BTW, Pro Football Focus has rated Veldneer ahead of Albert for the past two years. I have no idea who rated him 5th in the NFL, but, from every report I have read, no legitimate rating service has ever rated him anyway near that highly.

  • berttheclock

    What may prove interesting is whether the new GM, Hickey, of the Dolphins, wants to make a splash by going after Albert. Ireland, the former GM, became a little too coy in his trying to keep the dollar signs down in his negotiations last season. Now, Hickey has arrived. Some say several NFL upper management types turned down the Dolphins quest for the new GM job due to questions regarding how much power Philbin would have in acquiring new players. Lake Dawson, the former wide out for the Chiefs, and, now, high up in the Titans organization turned down the job because he didn’t believe his vision of working as a GM fit his perceived view of Ross in Miami. Hickey never had the ultimate power with Tampa Bay and there have been reports, his job following the 2014 draft was going to be in jeopardy with the Bucs. So, the scenario may be he may grab for power in Miami, go after Albert and make a name for himself.