Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) in the second quarter of a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Peter King: Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz, Other Notes


Peter King is out with his new edition of Monday Morning Quarterback and used the space to discuss free agency. Within the post he had a few nuggets which may interest Chiefs fans and prepare them for the week ahead.

First, you can also add King to the list of people who have Branden Albert signing a big deal with Miami on Tuesday.

Ryan Tannehill, meet Brandon Albert. The Dolphins’ new left tackle is expected to be the laid-back Albert. Miami’s expected to blow the opposition out of the water again (remember Mike Wallace and his $13 million average that shocked the NFL last year?) with a deal averaging around $10-11 million.

There’s been a few reports already about Albert ending up with Miami, so this isn’t a surprise. Although King does have a larger contract number than what was previously reported on Albert. No matter, Albert is going to get paid. So much so that we are going to come to the conclusion there is no way the Chiefs were going to be able to retain him even if they wanted to do so.

The other thing to take note of here is what King has to say about free agent free safety Jairus Byrd.

He wants $9 million a year, and I can’t figure out who will pay a safety that much.

Who may pay that much for a free safety? Miami… Cleveland…St. Louis… there are plenty of teams who may be willing to go that high for Byrd’s services. One team who cannot go that high, maybe even with restructures, are the Chiefs. With slightly under $10 million in cap space to work with it is hard to see how the Chiefs would be able to structure a deal that would land them Byrd at a $9 million annual average without killing their cap space in 2015 and beyond. Byrd’s number is going to have to drop to around $7 million at least in KC is going to be a player for his services.

Finally, Geoff Schwartz.

Best players to make money who you don’t know well.  … G/T Geoff Schwartz (Chiefs), versatile and underrated…

Kansas City cannot afford to overpay anyone. Their cap problem isn’t just this year but also 2015, too. King has him as a guy who is going to get paid and so do several other people around the league, too. If this was next off-season and Schwartz was a free agent then maybe the Chiefs could work something out. This may be a case of bad timing for the Chiefs and Schwartz.

Things could change later today or tomorrow afternoon. Remember, we didn’t find out about Branden Albert being franchised or the Dwayne Bowe contract until the last minute of the franchise tag deadline last March. Things can change in a hurry.

Tags: Branden Albert Geoff Schwartz Jairus Byrd Kansas City Chiefs Peter King

  • Patrick Allen

    No way is Albert worth that kind of money. Miami should have traded for him last year when they had the chance. They could have gotten him for cheaper on along-term extension. Now that he is hitting the market his price will get all inflated.

    This what happens when your team grows up and gets good. Tough decisions have to be made. Can’t pay everyone.

    • berttheclock

      Funny thing about last year. It was Mike Wallace’s out of reality contract which doomed Albert with going to Miami. Ireland had over spent for Wallace, so, he tried to get overly cute with Albert. He wouldn’t ante up a 2nd and thought he could strong arm Dorsey into a sweetheart deal for Albert. This began a chain of events which brought down Ireland. Not signing Albert meant he had to move his RT to LT and that led to the sacking of Tannehill and the bizarre events concerning Martin. Of course, Hickey, the new GM in town will want to show how he can land a huge “Whale” for the Dolphins at LT. He will over pay him and, in about 3 to 4 years, Hickey will be gone and Albert will receive his pink slip around early March due to his back problems and the fact the incoming GM will want to cut his inflated payroll.

      Another thing about that contract to Wallace. It raised the bar for Bowe as Dorsey had to fit Bowe into a contract between Vincent Jackson and Mike Wallace.

  • chiefdeorty

    I would like to see Schwartz stay in KC but who knows what is going to happen at this time. We will have some real questions on the O-line. The Chiefs will have problems building this team unless they just get lucky with draft picks, I don’t have any idea what this team will look like on the field. If it was me working on this I would probly make alot of emenies this year because I would cut Tamba and trade Flowers. I also would do a sign and trade Bowe to who ever I could get a deal done, as well as restructure Berry to a long team deal that would be cap friendly. And while I’m not up to speed on the cap I do think we should start this year for next year.

  • Roger Mihalko

    Albert is no loss really, and the price miami is paying is over the top. The problem is I don’t think the O-line can afford to loose all three of them, albert, schwartz and Asamoah. It is looking like that might be the case though. We have players to put a very young O-line together, what caliber they are is another story. Fish at left tackle, Stephenson at right is pretty solid. Hudson at center is solid, and Allen at either guard position is pedestrian but serviceable. The second guard is where the question is. Draft pick or Lower cost FA? I have no doubt dorsey has a plan, but just not sure what that is.

    I hope he gets schwartz or Asamoah.

  • jimfromkcj

    I wonder why nobody brings up why Schwaetz wasn’t signed to a 3 or 4 year deal last year? Aren’t these geniuses we hired supposed to research and know what they are doing? How much slack are we going to give these guys? One questionable deal after another. When does the buck stop? What Albert is worth is what he got. The Dolphins thought their young QB was worth protecting. Evidently our mismanagers don’t think so highly of Alex.