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

Franchise Tag Deadline Passes and the Kansas City Chiefs Are Silent

As expected, reported and quoted by Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, the Chiefs will not use the exclusive rights franchise tag for the 2014 season.

This is the first time since 2010 a player wearing the Chiefs red and gold will enter the season not under the tag. In 2011, linebacker Tamba Hali was saddled with the tag before signing his current contract extension. The following year, in 2012, Dwayne Bowe was hit with the tag before signing his deal last March. Of course last year, left tackle Branden Albert was franchised tagged before hitting free agency.

This leaves the Chiefs with a little bit of wiggle room in regards to signing free agents. With the way NFL contracts work, the team could potentially sign a couple of “big name” free agents, but structure their contracts so there’s not a big “cap hit” in the first year. That would allow the team to bring in more talent at a lower cost. If the team had applied the tag to a player like Albert — the most likley candidate on the team to be tagged — they would owe him nearly $12 million for 2014, sucking every last penny of their current avaialable cap space.

Overall, only a few teams used the tag this year. Here’s a rundown from Adam Caplan:



Just because the Chiefs didn’t franchise any players doesn’t mean they’re lost to free agency. Teams still have until 3 PM Arrowhead time on March 11 to work out contract extensions with all of their free agents. After that, though, it’s game on. The next couple of weeks could get a little crazy around here. I urge you to hang on, and enjoy the ride.

Welcome to free agency, Addicts!

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  • Brian Dempsey

    Very nice. Resigning Schwartz and getting a serviceable FS via FA are at the top of my wish list for the FA period leading up to draft day.

    • thabear04

      Agree we need Schwartz back for 2 more years.

    • Zachary Barry

      I agree Schwartz has been the best pick up Dorsey made his freshmen year and I think he has done a great job on the o-line and deserves a starting contract. With Albert out the door we need to try and keep as much of our line together as we can.

  • andyred

    resign schwartz, resign demps for safety depth and his kick return ability and sign byrd…im happy

  • berttheclock

    May the Schwartz continue to be with the Chiefs.

  • berttheclock

    I still can not fathom why Dorsey did not put the tag on Jason Worilds? You know the player Pioli took instead of Arenas. Worilds went two picks later. Of course, we would have not ended up with Sherman, but, I just love the worlds of What-ifs and Near Misses.