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Chiefs ready to let Branden Albert walk into free agency

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The Chiefs couldn’t work out a long-term deal with left tackle Branden Albert last year, and it doesn’t appear they’re going to try to again.

According to Danny Parkins of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City, the Chiefs have decided to let Albert head into the free agent market.

They used the first pick in last year’s draft on Eric Fisher to play him at right tackle, figuring the left was his eventual home. They’re also planning to use Donald Stephenson as their other starting tackle.

The 29-year-old Albert should have plenty of suitors in free agency, and the Chiefs likely knew he’d be difficult to sign. After finding a reasonable fill-in with Stephenson and using so much draft currency to get Fisher (and with an extension for quarterback Alex Smith on their mind), keeping the former franchise player became a luxury.

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18 Responses to “Chiefs ready to let Branden Albert walk into free agency”
  1. santoryu64 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:47 PM

    Anyone following the team knew this was written on the wall. Nothing to do with Albert. He is a fine player.

  2. thevikesarebest says: Feb 12, 2014 3:55 PM

    He can also come to the Viking dynasty next season as a back up at the right price.THE Vikings>your team.Rick speilman>your gm.The shehawks and turd bay will always be behind us.SKOL

  3. h3min1230 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:55 PM

    Injury Prone.

  4. theauger says: Feb 12, 2014 4:05 PM

    It will be interesting to see what his initial salary demands are. I wouldn’t think Jakes Long’s four years and $34 million contract with basically $20 mil guaranteed too far off the mark for Albert.

  5. jda129 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:10 PM

    Don’t invite him to your picnic. He’ll eat all the sandwiches. Just look at that face has sandwich hog all over it.

  6. Kreedos says: Feb 12, 2014 4:34 PM

    Arizona a likely destination.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 12, 2014 4:37 PM

    “We’ve decided to let Branden lumber into free agency…”.

  8. wahoo21 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:45 PM

    The Vikings are where you go to end your career….he still has game left in him

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 12, 2014 4:54 PM

    Well you don’t spend a #1 overall pick on a RT….

  10. palmbeachfinfan says: Feb 12, 2014 4:56 PM

    Come on down to Miami… Philbin was on board for you all along. It was Ireland that scuttled the deal.

    We need someone to keep Tannehill out of the hospital.

  11. rohlo says: Feb 12, 2014 5:00 PM

    i know in division the chargers were very interested in him last season if he hit the market.

  12. kc571 says: Feb 12, 2014 5:13 PM

    good solid team guy. was a guard but learned how to play LT. He’s an above avg LT. KC would be much better if they kept him, but Fish was drafted to play LT. Hope Fish stays healthy.

  13. craniator says: Feb 12, 2014 5:33 PM

    Uh , Brandon , you have Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey on line one . . .

  14. shayeezy says: Feb 12, 2014 7:17 PM

    been one of my favorite chiefs since they drafted him. goes toe to toe with the game’s best pass rushers every year. i understand that it’s a business though, and having three very good tackles is a luxury the chiefs can’t afford. wherever he ends up, he’ll get the deal he deserves and i’ll be cheering for him.

  15. theauger says: Feb 12, 2014 7:47 PM

    Arizona is an unlikely destination Albert unless his asking price is lower than what we believe it will be. There is only about $11 mil in cap space available before resigning players. If Monroe or Veldheer become available, I can see them signing one of those guys.

  16. arrowdead says: Feb 13, 2014 8:41 AM

    fair enough this makes sense considering last year and BA’s value and wants, but its pretty obvious Fisher is not ready to be a LT in the NFL yet. Stephenson is quality but lack of serious tackle depth being him makes this a pretty big gamble. At this point DS is better at LT than Fisher.

  17. houstonhali says: Feb 14, 2014 3:21 PM

    I like that Fish is now the Chiefs left tackle. Shows just how big picking him first over Luke Joeckel was. The Chiefs also just signed a Wes Welker clone in Weston Dressler, so no need to draft a wide receiver in the draft. Target a Guard and snag a corner in the next rounds, there’s so many available.

  18. johninthewest says: Feb 18, 2014 9:48 PM

    Frauds once again in 2014!

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