With the deadline to sign a player slapped with the franchise tag to a long-term deal rapidly approaching, the Kansas City Chiefs and offensive tackle Branden Albert are expected to pick up contract talks.
July 15 (which is in exactly two weeks) is the final day of the calendar year in which a franchised player can sign an extension. Denver’s Ryan Clady and Kansas City’s Branden Albert were both given the franchise tag. Thus, if neither player signs an extension in the next 14 days, neither can sign a new deal after the season is over.
Albert and the Chiefs are expected to talk next week.
It is unlikely that the team is able to complete a deal in the next two weeks, but crazier things have happened.
With the decision to draft Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Albert could be an asset that the team could be willing to part ways with down the road.
Albert and the Chiefs have already had their fair share of contract negotiations but nothing ever came of it. Down the road the two sides could reach a long-term deal, but no one is holding their breath.