Sept. 16, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs, Branden Albert to Resume Contract Talks This Week


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.

From Bill Williamson of ESPN’s AFC West blog:

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.

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  • Jim Harper

    I believe signing Albert to a long term deal is the smart thing to do as long as they do not extend him beyond 5 years. He is 28 now and will not turn 29 until November. He brings stability and veteran leadership to a young offensive line. However if he wants more he gets less attractive. 5 years and $40 mil sounds about right to me.

  • jlipps

    Even with Fisher I think signing Albert is important. Gotta protect Smith in order for him to be effective, and he will be key this year. Check out this article I wrote about why the Chiefs could take a big step forward this season http://gamesevensports.blogspot.com/2013/06/3-nfl-teams-poised-for-turnaround.html