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Report: Chiefs, Branden Albert expected to talk contract next week

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The deadline to sign a franchise tagged player to a multi-year deal is fast approaching, which doesn’t leave the Chiefs much time to reach an agreement with tackle Branden Albert.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports that the team and Albert are expected to talk about a long-term deal next week. The deadline for a deal is July 15 and the sides will have to hold off on any future talks until after the 2013 season if they are unable to reach an agreement.

If they did reach an agreement, it would qualify as something of a surprise given how the offseason has played out for the Chiefs. They initially tried to trade Albert before the draft with the Dolphins playing the role of likeliest trading partner, but the deal never happened and the Chiefs went ahead and drafted tackle Eric Fisher with the first overall pick anyway. Fisher will play right tackle in 2013, but many believe he’s eventually ticketed to the left side of the line and Albert’s salary demands might be higher than the Chiefs are willing to pay for a player who will wind up as a right tackle.

As we just mentioned, though, the Chiefs have changed plans in midstream already with Albert so you probably can’t rule out a deal until the deadline passes. If it does, Albert will make just over $9.8 million in 2013.

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7 Responses to “Report: Chiefs, Branden Albert expected to talk contract next week”
  1. Iknoweverything says: Jul 2, 2013 9:07 AM

    Albert has proven to not be a team player. If you cant sign him cheap, then let him walk and get a 3rd round comp pick.
    Andy is assembling a dynasty team that will appear in multiple Super Bowls over the next decade and if Albert doesnt get on the train soon then its time to leave him behind.

  2. h3min1230 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:27 AM

    @ Iknoweverything

    I lold.

  3. shayeezy says: Jul 2, 2013 11:06 AM

    “-player- has proven not to be a team player” is the dumbest line in the book. bowe also “proved he wasn’t a team player” last offseason, and look where that got him. all albert was looking for was clarity on where he was going to be playing this year, and as soon as he got that he showed up to voluntary workouts and has been busting his tail with the rest of the team. this is albert’s one shot at landing long-term security for him and his family – there’s nothing wrong with players making sure their finances are in order in a league that treats them more like commodities than human beings.

  4. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jul 2, 2013 12:06 PM

    Don’t worry Chiefs fans, you still have Jeff Ireland right where you want him!

  5. mlp3180 says: Jul 2, 2013 12:34 PM

    I don’t think the guy wants to be an LT as much as he wants to be paid like an LT. Give him his money, switch him to RT, and I don’t think you hear a word from him about playing on the right side.

  6. raiderapologist says: Jul 2, 2013 10:09 PM

    His back will go out while he is signing the contract.

  7. jjackwagon says: Jul 3, 2013 8:00 AM

    Hopefully the Chiefs load Alberts contract with performance based incentives and very little gauranteed money otherwise it will be Larry Johnson 2.0.

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