Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) is carted off the field after an injury during the second half of the game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. Denver won 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Franchise Tag

Today is the first day that teams can utilize the famed “franchise tag” on their players. That means the Kansas City Chiefs really need to evaluate their cash-flow issues as well as their personnel.

This from the twitter account of NFL Insider Ian Rapoport


If you’re not familiar with how the franchise tag works, allow me to explain.

If a team has a player who is scheduled to hit free agency because their contract will expire at the end of the league year — this year, that’s March 11 — then the team can designate that player as their “franchise player” and essentially extend their contract — involuntarily — by one year. In doing this, the team must pay a salary to the “tagged” player that is the average of the top-five salaries of that position across the league.

For example, if the Chiefs were to place the “tag” on soon-to-be free agent Dexter McCluster they would owe him just north of $10.5 million for the 2014 season. Seems a little steep? I think it’s safe to say that McCluster won’t get the tag applied to him.

If the Chiefs don’t use the tag this year, it would be the first time since the 2010 off season that it wasn’t applied. Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali got slapped with the tag in 2011, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was saddled with it in 2012 and this past season, left tackle Branden Albert played under the tag.

If the Chiefs were going to use the tag this year, the only player that would make sense would be to give it to Albert for a second season. However, doing that — tagging a player for a second time — would add a 20 percent charge to the player’s salary. Albert got a check of $9.8 million last season under the tag. With the increase — he would earn 120 percent of his 2013 salary under NFL rules — Albert would be owed almost $11 million for the 2014 season.

As the Chiefs are already strapped for cash and they have two very workable — and much cheaper — solutions at left tackle in either Eric Fisher or Donald Stephenson, I don’t see Dorsey giving the tag to Albert this year.

Sound off Addicts. What do you think? Should the Chiefs find a way to tag Albert for this season or just let him fade away?

Tags: Branden Albert Franchise Tag Kansas City Chiefs

  • DTVTechGuy

    Constant False Start penalties and more injury prone than any other player on the Chiefs…

    Yeah… That’s the Chiefs need.

    Let him walk.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Just let Albert walk, we will get a decent compensatory pick for him. We should use the tag of either Schwartz and keep him until we can offer him a real deal or use it on Kendrick Lewis and make him the official tackling dummy for training camp

  • CrispySBC

    I agree … I don’t see anyone who the Chief’s should tag this year. I love Dex but $10 mil. is just too much money for his skill set. Plus the Dressler signing pretty much tells us he won’t be back this year. I really think the Chief’s are focused on the draft and will do little if anything in free agency. If anything we’re looking at trades to get more draft picks this year. If Dorsey can pull a cheap rabbit out of his hat he’ll pull the trigger. Otherwise we have players on the team that can fill our needs when you augment it with a solid draft class. Let’s just hope our young players can stay healthy this year.

  • John Thom

    They need to use it on Christian okoye we cannot afford to lose the Nigerian nightmare!!!. Dorsey stop this at once!!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I honestly don’t think anyone’s going to be tagged this offseason.