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Branden Albert signs his franchise tender

Branden Albert AP

Just hours after reports surfaced that the Chiefs were open to a trade for offensive tackle Branden Albert, Albert has decided to remove any uncertainty about his current contractual status.

Albert has accepted his franchise tender, Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports. That means Albert won’t be a training camp holdout and will play this season for a guaranteed base salary of $9.828 million this season if he doesn’t get a long-term deal done in the next four months.

Signing the franchise tender doesn’t preclude Albert from continuing to negotiate with the Chiefs and doesn’t mean he won’t be traded, but it does eliminate the possibility that the Chiefs could pull the franchise tender and that Albert could find himself entering free agency at a time when not many teams are spending much money.

The Chiefs are still believed to be considering left tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

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17 Responses to “Branden Albert signs his franchise tender”
  1. transam7816 says: Mar 18, 2013 1:25 PM

    They can’t trade him unless he signs the tender…right?

  2. hallirish says: Mar 18, 2013 1:25 PM

    Interesting game of cat and mouse here.

  3. h3min1230 says: Mar 18, 2013 1:26 PM

    I own things…

  4. dolfanatik says: Mar 18, 2013 1:28 PM

    Had to sign to be traded, so expect a deal here shortly. No later than tomorrow Afternoon.

  5. azdesertdweller says: Mar 18, 2013 1:36 PM

    That’s a smart move. He may be traded soon, but for now he’s lined up to make $9+ million, unless they do trade him.

  6. gatorade11 says: Mar 18, 2013 1:38 PM

    Makes sense, once he saw how little Jake Long was getting he must of signed that real quick…

  7. jbaxt says: Mar 18, 2013 1:39 PM

    I hope they can get a 2nd and 3rd for him. My guess is either Tackle can replace Albert no problem. And to pick up a pick or 2, on top of the salary cap savings, is gravy. They do need to get a DE though, Seymour would be a decent short term fix.

  8. cypressballs says: Mar 18, 2013 1:52 PM

    The Chiefs traded a second for a marginaly better QB in Smith. If they then draft a rookie LT #1 overall?

    The team isn’t better. That’s a crime.

  9. aheezybaby says: Mar 18, 2013 1:54 PM

    nobody in there right mind turns down that type of cash for one year

  10. aheezybaby says: Mar 18, 2013 1:55 PM

    their* really strugglin post st. paddys day

  11. dabearstjm says: Mar 18, 2013 2:11 PM

    The only reason he is signing it is so they don’t yank the tag, trade him and draft Joeckel or Fisher

  12. contract says: Mar 18, 2013 2:24 PM

    Putting that UVA education to good use.

  13. andyb02 says: Mar 18, 2013 2:41 PM

    Eagles could be a buyer. I’m sure Andy Reid would be interested in Trent Cole and maybe a draft pick.

  14. tjjohnson98 says: Mar 18, 2013 3:17 PM

    Once Jake Long got $8.5m per year, $9.8m sounds pretty good, I guess!

  15. mizzousooner says: Mar 18, 2013 3:48 PM

    “dabearstjm says: Mar 18, 2013 2:11 PM

    The only reason he is signing it is so they don’t yank the tag, trade him and draft Joeckel or Fisher”

    ”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””’

    Nope, if they yank the tag they can’t trade him as he’d then be a free agent.

  16. patfanken says: Mar 18, 2013 4:02 PM

    Anyonw who is franchised BETTER sign the deal. The way the market is, no one now is going to get close to that number. A lot of the early deals were 2 and 3MM lower than the franchise number including the top OT’s.

    Smart move Brandon

  17. ksgant199018 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:10 PM

    I so hope we trade him he was on IR more last yr then games he played and you can just see him getting lazier and lazier yr after yr he needs to be gone

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