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: Branden Albert To Make $9.5 Million Annually


If you are wondering to yourself why the Chiefs are not going to re-sign Branden Albert, look no further than the money. A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson says the Pro Bowl left tackle is expected to sign a deal with Miami worth $9.5 million.

From the report:

Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins for an average of $9.5 million annually.

The official salary cap number floating around for the Chiefs is slightly over $9.9 million. Kansas City simply did not have the space to sign him unless they cut someone or restructured a contract or two. Even then, had the Chiefs re-signed Albert, they would not have had much space to re-sign their other free agents.

One thing to wonder here is if the Chiefs should have placed the franchise tag on Albert and then tried to trade him. Rumors suggest the Chiefs were offered up to a third-round pick for Albert last season. With the market the way it is this year and the number of teams interested in obtaining a left tackle, one wonders if the Chiefs could have gotten that second-round pick they were looking for last year.

There are two problems here as to why the Chiefs could have gone that route. First is the risk of not being able to trade Albert, which would saddle the Chiefs with a $11.2 million cap hit for 2014. And there’s the other problem, the cap money. The Chiefs have to be under $133 million by Tuesday, which they clearly are. But if they had franchised Albert, it would have meant they would have needed to cut someone to make sure they were under the cap by deadline. That may have been an issue.

Reality is Albert was/is too expensive to keep and the Chiefs have too many other needs to try to move heaven and earth to keep him. It’s a shame but that’s the reality of a salary cap world.

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  • John Thom

    Let him go.smith is mobile and he is no tony boscielli or Jonathan ogden

  • Brian Dempsey

    O-Line didn’t skip a beat when Fisher and Stephenson were manning the Tackle spots after Albert got hurt late in the season and made Albert expendable. Time to move on.

  • ladner morse

    It’s a sad day. Sad because… over and over again we here it said that the most important positions on the field are the QB and the LT. Some how, some way, the Chiefs have mismanaged their cap situation so they can’t retain the services of a Pro Bowl LT that they drafted. If the Chiefs drafted a QB and the very first year he became a Pro Bowler they allowed him to walk away in Free Agency… you’d have a revolt on your hands.

    9.9 million per may be a lot of dough but… the fact is their are other players on the roster making too much who should have been restructured and even though we found out the cap is $133 and not $123… they should have restructured. Yes, I know, it would have been tough. But, I don’t like making the Miami Dolphins stronger for free. Just let him walk out the door and make the Dolphins better starting tomorrow.

    Geez!

    • Brian Dempsey

      If you were talking about Willie Roaf in his prime than you’d have a valid point. But, you’re talking about a guy that was a Guard in high school and college, struggled for multiple years just to become an average LT & thinks he should be paid top-5 LT money, didn’t do any more to warrant a Pro Bowl selection than my deceased grandma & as it stands going into the 2014 would have been the 3rd best Tackle on the Chiefs roster. There’s such a thing as “addition by subtraction” and that’s what’s really transpiring with Albert bolting to FA.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Takes two to tango though. They’ve made an effort to sign him. They made an effort to trade him. I’d only be upset if they hadn’t prepared for his departure. We have Fisher and sadly this is the end of the line for Branden Albert.

    • Michael Shaw

      Laddie, I personally think that Branden’s back is about to give out based on the past few seasons.

    • Jim Harper

      I think there will still be some restructures done Laddie. 9.6 mil is not much room to work with, and I was seriously disappointed with the the resigning of Zombo, and now it is being reported we may lose Jordan. I still have faith in Dorsey and I hope it will all make sense by the time camp opens up.

  • jimfromkcj

    This is what happens when you let personal feelings get in the way of running a business. And no matter what the fans think or maybe feel would be a better word, the Chiefs are in the entertainment business. And Albert was just a person playing a part. Pioli missed the boat when he let his contract run out before making sure he was extended. I wrote my idea of how I think this sort of thing should be handled on Laddie’s last Post. So I won’t repeat myself, other than to say I think you would be hard pressed to find a front office more inept than the Chiefs. Anyone can make a mistake once in a while, but the chief’s history seems to be a pattern of slouching from one bad decision to another, with a bit of luck once in a while. Reminds you of the old saying that even a blind squirrel will find an acorn once in a while.

    • Jim Harper

      Come on Jim. You can’t blame the current front office. They only have one year under their belts.

  • BWrangler

    Come on, who didn’t see this coming? Why was Eric Fisher drafted? Right or wrong, Fisher is the LT of the future. I personally think he’s going to do some great things with the Chiefs. S, DT, TE, WR are the needs of the team (assuming that Schwartz is resigned).

  • Calchiefsfan

    We’ll find out soon enough if it was the right move or not. If Albert’s back goes out in the third game of the season, (I wish him a great season personally), then it will be a good move. If Fisher or Stephenson stumble, not so good. I still believe that though Albert is a good LT, he’s not $9.5 mil caliber, imho.

    • berttheclock

      My scenario is this. He will be given a splashy $47.5 M contract with an upfront $17 M signing bonus. Then, two things will happen. He will have back problems and Hickey, their new GM, will show the owner why Tampa Bay was happy to see him leave. Hickey will be tossed and no more than 4 years from now, you will see Albert as another March cut from the roster as the Dolphins will never pay him the total contract. The best scenario for Mr Albert will be finding a top money manager who can parlay much of that signing bonus into some long term payout.

      • Brian Dempsey

        The truth be told about Albert, the previous regimes did a huge disservice to him by throwing him into the LT after he had made his niche in college as a great pulling Guard. When the Chiefs drafted Albert, I thought they were going to plug him into one of the Guard spots. When I heard they were playing him at LT, I thought “this isn’t going to work”. And it never really did.

  • http://fansided.com Zach

    Albert has always lived on his potential and has never stayed on the field to deserve this big of a deal. Good riddance and at least we will get a compensatory pick for him.

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

    Just sign w/ the Phins and go away, Branden. Schwartz is prolly gone as well… What does this mean? It means we’ve gotten rid of the fat, and can now get down to meat and taters. Sign Asamoah, and let’s move on… Stephenson and Fisher will be that much better this yr … and let’s bring-in fresh meat as well. We’ll be just fine!

  • Jim Harper

    The big mistake here was on Pioli. If he had extended him 2 years ago he could have signed him long term at a much cheaper rate (probably in the 7 mil range). Then Dorsey would not have been forced to not only franchise him last year, but also would not have been forced to take Fisher with his #1 overall pick last year. Pioli just keeps screwing us.

    • Brian Dempsey

      Pioli went on record as saying he did offer Albert a lucrative deal, but Albert turned it down because he wanted top-5 LT money.