Branden Albert arrested, charged with willful obstruction of police

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 29: Branden Albert
SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 29: Branden Albert /

Branden Albert was arrested on Wednesday in Atlanta on a felony charge of willful obstruction of police officers as well as others.

Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Branden Albert was arrested on Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia and charged with two crimes, per an ESPN report: “willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence and second degree criminal damage to property.”

According to records at Fulton County’s website, Albert is still being held in custody and has yet to be released. No further details are known at this time.

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Albert entered the National Football League with the Chiefs as the No. 15 overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, as part of Carl Peterson’s last draft class as general manager—a class that also included Jamaal Charles, Glenn Dorsey, Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers. Albert went on to start 83 games over six seasons with the Chiefs, mostly at left tackle.

After his tenure in Kansas City, Albert left in free agency to sign a major deal with the Miami Dolphins where he played for three more seasons. At the end of his Dolphins tenure, he was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a seventh round choice. Albert waffled on whether or not he wanted to continue playing and ultimately decided to retire.

Albert did not play at all in 2017, but he did act as if he was still interested in playing midway through the season. He even tried out for the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants, but nothing officially happened with either team. Albert remains a free agent, but after a year away from the NFL, his weird behavior after being traded to the Jags and then this arrest, it’s hard to imagine any team expressing much interest.