Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert (76) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Free Agent Watch 2014: 3 PM is the Deadline for Franchise Tag


At 3:00 PM Arrowhead time today, the clock will expire on teams being able to use their franchise tag on players. That means, if Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is behind closed doors with a player’s agent right now, he has until that time to reach a deal or risk losing the player to free agency, which begins a week from tomorrow.

When asked if the Chiefs would apply the tag to any player this year — especially left tackle Branden Albert who got the tag last year –Dorsey went on record indicating the negative.

“Probably not,” Dorsey said. “We probably won’t use it.”

That means that there is going to be some turnover on the Chiefs roster this year, and one of those spots will be the tackle position. But, don’t rule out Dorsey doing the “Kansas City Shuffle” at the last minute and applying the tag, if he feels that’s the right move.

Even if the tag is applied to a player, a team still has the option to trade that player. The Chiefs gambled with that scenario last year with Albert. After franchise tagging him at the last minute possible, trade rumors heated up between the Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins leading all the way up to the NFL Draft. This year, there are more teams than ever interested in Albert. Right now, the Dolphins have renewed their interest and the Arizona Cardinals and the Tampa Bucanneers are also rumored to have interest in the Chiefs pro bowl left tackle.

It’s a risky gamble though for a GM to use the tag with the intent to trade the player. If the trade talks dry up, the Chiefs would be stuck paying Albert on the north side of $11 million — which is 120 percent of what he made last year — the CBA mandated stipulation of tagging a player in consecutive seasons.

There’s a lot of news coming out of the NFL league office today of teams making deals with pending free agents, applying franchise tags and even restructuring deals to free up cap space. In direct contrast to last year, there hasn’t been a peep out of One Arrowhead Drive.

We can only wonder what Dorsey and his team are working on.

Tags: Branden Albert Kansas City Chiefs

  • berttheclock

    Albert was making $9,828,000, so, the 120 per cent would kick that to $11,793,600. However, with the new raise in cap, a portion of that has to added per CBA rules. This might kick it to over $11.9 M or even over $12 M. I noticed in reading an article about a second franchise tag on Byrd, that new provision of adding the cap increase brought his original 120 per cent increase up about $134,000 dollars.

    • Troy Utt

      Bert, I hate to change topics… But I just saw the article posted on NFL about Kaep’s contact negtiations. Granted the 9r’s have plenty of cap space to work with but with him asking $18.2mil per they may have to reconsider their “Kaep considerations!”

      • Brian Dempsey

        Troy, if that’s true & I believe you, then it’s looking like the 49ers decision to part ways with Alex Smith and go with Kap is starting to backfire on them.

        • Troy Utt

          Thats exactly how I feel… Not only do I feel it impossible to pay a QB or any other player that much of the cap & be successful, it’s just ridiculious!!! It’s stripping away the mid-level player, you either have a big contract or a bunch of minimum salary players…
          Initially it was reported that Kaep’s agent was waiting to see what was to transpire with an extention with Alex Smith & that would be used as a guideline… Now it appears they are using Romo & Flacco??? Sorry but I’ll take Smith for what I’ve seen so far all day everyday & twice on Sunday!

      • berttheclock

        Yes, very interesting articles, well, more so comments from fans, at sfgate. There is, definitely, a Kaep faction and still an Alex Smith faction.

        • Troy Utt

          So you are seeing the same reports that I have to this point?

  • Brian Dempsey

    Please don’t use the Franchise tag this year on Albert. He’s not worth it and the Chiefs O-Line did not suffer without him when Stephenson and Fisher were manning the Tackle positions. Time to part ways and move on.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I don’t see Dorsey using the tag on anyone this year.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    There’s no one to use the tag on. Albert’s not an option. If he’s tagged again, the Chiefs will have guaranteed $21.5 million over the past two seasons. To put that into perspective, that’s 98% of the guaranteed money Duane Brown got from his last contract. You can’t give him that kind of jack and still not have his long-term rights.