Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) defends against Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Kansas City Chiefs to “Move On” From Branden Albert

Two sources have told 610 AM’s The Drive the Chiefs have moved on from Branden Albert.

Albert played under the franchise tag in 2013 and was reported to be looking for a “Duane Brown-type” contract extension. Albert cannot officially become a free agent until March 11.

The Chiefs had no comment on the report.

It is not a surprise the Chiefs are moving on from Albert, but it does eliminates the possibility the Chiefs would tag Albert and then trade him. A franchise tag would have cost the Chiefs an estimated $11.8 million for the 2014 season, so the risk of keeping Albert under that number appears to be too much for the Chiefs. Kansas City will likely get a mid-round compensatory pick for Albert in the 2015 draft.

Albert made $9.828 million last season under the franchise tag.

The 2013 season was one of Albert’s best with the Chiefs. A former first round pick, Albert made his first Pro Bowl this season despite missing four games due to injury. Pro Football Focus graded him as a +10 left tackle, with +14.4 pass blocking grade and a -2.4 run block grade. It is anticipated Albert will be heavily pursued by the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals in free agency.

Kansas City has first overall pick Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson to replace Albert at left tackle. Fisher saw some improvement in the second half at right tackle, while Stephenson started at left tackle while Albert missed time. Early speculation would have Stephenson replacing Albert at left tackle. The Chiefs will have to fill the swing-tackle reserve spot Stephenson has filled for the last two seasons.

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  • CSconce

    I agree that it is time to move on… I was hoping to get something for BA, but understandable that he would be hard to move if tagged. Makes me wonder who will be tagged…Tin Man?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I won’t be surprised if no one is tagged this offseason.
      Tyson Jackson’s on the next train, Dexter McCluster would be SUPER overpaid, and Kendrick Lewis should start selling insurance immediately.

      • CSconce

        Very possible…I was wondering about TJ being tagged for the possibility of trading him, but you are prob right that no team would want to give up the picks needed for him if he was tagged.

        • Chuck Burrell

          On the bright side, we should get 2 extra 3rd picks for he and Albert in ’15

      • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

        Well said. I agree with all 4 of your points. Where do you stand on re-signing Schwartz and/or Asamoah?

      • Tony Parker

        Stacy, does this mean that it free’s up 9.8m of cap space?? how does that work with the franchise tag?

        • Stacy D. Smith

          None of those three guys are under contract for 2014 (their numbers aren’t included in the cap figure). I was just saying that I don’t think any of them are likely candidates to be tagged. It would turn McCluster into a really rich man and I expect both Jackson and Lewis to hit the open market.

          I won’t be surprised if the Chiefs don’t use the franchise tag this offseason. Jackson is the only guy I can even fathom as a real candidate for it.

          • Tony Parker

            wait, the franchise on BA for 2013 was 9.8m, does the franchise amount count against the 2013 cap amount, If yes, than wouldn’t that amount be freed up if it is not used for 2014? I don’t quite understand why it wouldn’t free up money if not used.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The new league year begins next month. When it does, only 2014 contracts and dead money rollovers will count against the cap.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Branden, Ray Farmer needs to se…wait…nevermind.

  • kcndaock

    Well it doesn’t hurt my feeling!! Ba has been banged up for the last couple of years and that big of a boy is going to have issues the older he gets. The knee and back are a problem when handling that amount of weight
    Good luck to his future

  • ahsum99ss

    I’m ok with Brandon Albert leaving, but why did you draft a guy in the first round, a Eric Fisher, if he can’t fill the left tackle spot if that’s what he was in college again, this is why u want a fan of that pick. They should have traded down and picked up an extra pick in the draft.

    • CSconce

      There was no one willing to trade up with them.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Fisher will be the starting left tackle if not this year then next. See Joe Staley as a good comparison.

  • Calchiefsfan

    i hate to see him go but $9 mil a year is too much even if the Chiefs had the cap space. Hopefully Fisher will have a Poe like learning curve.

    • Troy Utt

      Might as well call it $10mil, as at $9.82mil it almost accounts 4 enough to sign two bottom of the roster players to contract as well!

  • Calchiefsfan

    We need another good tackle. Last year showed us we need three good tackles because of injuries.