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: Chiefs and Branden Albert’s Agent in Talks


Last week, AA co-editor Ben Nielsen reported that the Kansas City Chiefs were ready to let pro-bowl left tackle Branden Albert walk into free agency when his franchise tag expires on March 11. Now, it would appear, that isn’t neccessarily the case.

Kansas City Star reporter Terez Paylor is at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and was in attendance when John Dorsey took the podium earlier this afternoon.

 

Not only was that the first Dorsey’s heard of it — which by the way I find hard to believe considering the report came from Danny Parkins from 610 Sports — but according to the Chiefs’ general manager the team is in talks with Albert’s agent at the Combine.

This could significantly change the landscape of the Chiefs free agency period. While many considered it all but a given that Albert would walk, considering the Chiefs couldn’t work a deal with him last year and were forced to saddle him with the franchise tag, now it appears the team has at least some interest in re-signing him.

Albert logged his first pro-bowl in his six-year career. He was the center of much controversy last off season when rumors arose on Twitter of his immenent trade to the Miami Dolphins. Albert spouted off on Twitter about rumors and the “busniess side of football” and then promptly deactivated his account.

This is what makes free agency so much fun, all the rumor and intrigue, but hearing that talks are on-going from the horse’s mouth makes thing all that more interesting. Of course Dorsey follows this up with answering a question about last year’s No. 1 overall draft pick Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson with this:


As soon as there’s more, we’ll let you know.

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  • berttheclock

    Rumors and rumors and even more rumors. Interesting how at this time of year for combines, football addicts such as ourselves become engrossed in anything concerning the team. Reminds me of what a wag in Las Vegas once wrote about the local leading newspaper, the Review Journal. There were aspects of that paper being more of a casino trade paper, ala, the Hollywood Reporter, than a major newspaper. The wag wrote that in the event of news concerning Russia launching a major missile attack on the United States, the R-J would lead with “Major casino employee strike in Atlantic City”. That same wag, once wrote about USA Today, saying if their lead was the Russian missile attack, they would add “Final final sports scores in Section D” Yes, sort of “We, who are about to die, really really want to know the latest Chiefs score or trade rumor”.

  • freshmeat62

    Maybe since the cap is a liitle higher than expected, they may have enough to sign both Albert and Alex Smith. I would much rather see them do that than go into FAgncy. They can never have too many good o-linemen. Wasn’t there talk during the season that maybe Stephenson could go inside to a G?

    • berttheclock

      Yeah, this is the time of year, any decent GM has to pull out his CPA green visor,

  • Stacy D. Smith

    The team has to do its due diligence to find out what he’s asking for. That makes perfect sense.

  • mnelson52

    I wonder if Dorsey is having serious talks with his agent to try and keep his O-line together, or just kind of getting a feeling for what he wants compared to what he will offer. I wonder if the NFL raising their cap to around $130 million has anything to do with these talks.

  • berttheclock

    Personally, I would really like to see something worked out with Albert. One of the most important aspects of offensive line play is continuity. Teams attempting to consistently work out mix and match schemes fail in the long run. However, with that, I would love to see Schwartz, kept as well, but, with a starting guard salary and Allen to be the one sent packing. That leaves Asamoah to be worked out.

    • Troy Utt

      That’s exactly where I’m at Bert. Given the way things went last season, & until we know Fish is ready to take over at T full-time I would prefer to see Albert, Schwartz, Hudson, Asamoah, Stephenson. I realize that is wishful thinking as KC does not have the cap space to resign all three??? But dog-gone you just have to wonder if there wasn’t a way if that wouldn’t be in the best interest of continuity? I’m in no way saying I don’t have faith in Stephenson to hold down LT… That said, I also realize we don’t do ourselves any favors by not allowing Fish back on the field… as he gains no experience standing on the sideline!

  • Montez K.

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the cap extension?

  • mnelson52

    They might take the money they were willing to pay Albert and the money they were willing to pay Dexter, plus the extra cap money, to keep Albert with some left over so they can sign Schwartz and Asomoa. Then use Dressler in the slot and McKight for returns. Just a thought.

  • freshmeat62

    I’d be very interested to know what Albert’s open market value is. I wonder if it’s as high as he thinks?

    • Michael Shaw

      I doubt it is……………..but he did go on NFL network last year and say that he would rather be a Chief………….who the hell knows this time of year what is going on???????? GO CHIEFS!!!!!

  • berttheclock

    Albert is well represented by BTI Advisors. Interesting that one of the owners, Jim Flanigan, not Joe Flanagan, once, played a year each for both Green Bay and the Eagles, and that one year in Philly was when Andy Reid was the HC. However, as to what Albert may command, when, one reads that Arizona, Miami, and, now, Tampa Bay want him, one can almost hear the “Ka-Chings, Ka-Chings” going off in the background. Could well end up being another over payment, but, I still wish something can be worked out between Dorsey and the team of Brad Leshnock and Joe Flanagan of BTI.

  • berttheclock

    Albert is well represented by BTI Advisors and Brad Leshnock and Joe Flanagan. There is another owner, Jim Flanigan, a former NFL player, who played one year for Green Bay and one year under Andy Reid. With Tampa Bay added to Arizona and Miami, I’m sure the bidding war will increase.

    • berttheclock

      Sorry for the double post as, for some reason, the first post disappeared.

  • jimfromkcj

    If Albert would accept a 7 mii salary, I would keep him and let Flowers and Hali go. Someone has to go. Flowers doesn’t fit and Hali is ready to start down, if he hasn’t already. If we could get a 2nd rd pick for Flowers we could address the three most important positions of need, WR, Pass rusher and safty. We might be a little short at CB, but I would like to see what Van Dyke has got. He was on my mocks the year he was drafted. he is speedy and I think he is 6′ tall. A little on the lean size, but he was a pretty good cover guy in college.

  • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer upperturion

    Brandon’s a very emotional (passionate) dude, and imo he’d luv to stay a Chief. I’m just not sure the brass want to keep him around for another 3 plus yrs………….. I’d like to see him stay however!

  • Stephen Doroha

    I wouldn’t mind seeing them work something out with Albert to keep a decent line together & wouldn’t mind them working something out with Tyson Jackson too I think he’s finally coming along with our D with that said & I’m sure there’s a lot of other Chiefs fans that are going to agree when I say SIGN DMC PLEASE!! I’ve loved him since he’s joined the team now he’s a pro bowler & only getting better & it would be heartbreaking to see him in ANYTHING but RED & GOLD!! GO CHIEFS & get it done Dorsey LMAO!!