November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) blocks during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Are the Chiefs Still in Contract Talks With Branden Albert?


This time of year in the NFL is filled with more mystery and intrigue than a Tom Clancy novel. Didn’t get the reference? How’s this? Everything you hear from now until the draft will likely be filled with as much un-truth as truth. Are players in contract talks? Have talks broken down? Who’s signing, who’s not? It’s all speculation until the league office reports that a deal is done.

That’s why guys like me who live on this stuff hang on to every word — and more importantly in my line of work — every tweet that a player makes in regards to his status with the team next year. In that vain, Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert is no shortage for entertaining tweets.

With the franchise tag deadline done and over with, Albert is scheduled to hit free agency next year. That is cause for concern for a large amount of Chiefs fans, as Albert has been the anchor of the offensive line for quite some time now. That caused one female fan to call out to Albert.

 

Probably much to this young lady’s surprise — and definitely to my surprise — Albert tweeted her back. More surprised by the fact he answered her was what he said.

 

While this is hardly definitive proof that Albert’s people are still in negotiations with Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, it does provide some room to speculate. With the cap space the Chiefs have available right now, the team could potentially move some stuff around to re-sign Albert. While I think the most likely outcome is that Albert will head into free agency to test the waters, I think the fact that he made this statement provides hope that he could return.

Keeping Albert under a team friendly contract would be ideal, but not likely. He is a pro bowl talent that will probably find a team willing to pay him. Still, if Dorsey could figure something out, having Albert on the left side and an every improving Eric Fisher on the right could mean great things for the Chiefs for years to come. But if the team is going to do something, they’d better hurry up.

The Chiefs only have five more days to exclusively negotiate with the players on the roster slated to be free agents next week. Starting at 3 PM Arrowhead time on March 8, other teams can express interest to players, however no contracts can be finalized until March 11 when the new league year begins.

Regardless, things could continue to get crazy with free agency. The general consensus is Albert is gone, but Dorsey may have a trick up his sleeve to keep him around. It looks like we’ll know soon enough. Of course, the last time Albert was this “talky” on Twitter, he abruptly deleted his account, so who knows what’s going on. Like I  said…Tom Clancy.

 

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  • berttheclock

    I still like what the late great Fats Waller used to say and that is “One never knows, do one?”

  • Brian Dempsey

    Sorry, but I can’t see it happening as far as resigning Albert goes. Especially if he’s still wanting top-5 LT money. There is still the need to get deals done with Alex Smith and Justin Houston.

  • berttheclock

    Considering the Eagles just extended Jason Peters with a $51.3 M contract, who knows what can happen.

  • Hawthorne

    If we could get Albert for 8m a year for 5 years I would think about. I think someone else will give him more than that though so I doubt it happens.

  • Stan Colbert

    I think this year was truly different for this team! Seems Dorsey/Reid changed hearts & minds. While BA couldn’t wait to get out of KC Hell last year, his experiences this year seem to have impressed on him that KC might be a good place to be. If he truly feels KC is close and also family, I could see him wanting to stay and if the money shows respect…
    The problem–Houston, Smith, Schwartz.TJax.

    • Michael Shaw

      You forgot about Asamoah.

      • Stan Colbert

        I didn’t forget Asamoah or DMC either. Like them both, would love to see them back. Haven’t heard anything about Chiefs working on contracts for either. Heard Asamoah may not fit Andy’s scheme as well and they have a number of players who can play the slot. Schwartz can play multiple line pos. which could make him more valuable. I am also realistic that in order to afford some, some might have to go.

  • Michael Shaw

    I said it before and I will keep saying it until he signs with……….anyone. If BA really loves this team and really wants to be a Chief for life, then he will do what he can to make that happen. I am afraid that in the end he will go to another team for money. GO CHIEFS!!!!

    • Andy

      You seem a little hard on Albert for taking the money over loyalty. It boils down to two things, money off course. But his injuries. How many years does Albert think he has? He wants to make all he can because he isn’t sure about longevity. Do the Chiefs want to invest in a long term deal knowing his injury past? Bottom line, it’s a business first. Once in a while a player and team make an agreement that is advantageous to the team concept, but not very often.