Gone: Albert, Asamoah, Jackson, McCluster, Schwartz

The 2014 NFL year began Tuesday afternoon and the free agency process got underway very quickly.

Within the first 15 minutes of the 3 p.m. CDT start, the Chiefs saw left tackle Branden Albert agree to terms with the Miami Dolphins, guard Jon Asamoah got hooked up with a deal with the Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver-punt returner Dexter McCluster agreed to join the Tennessee Titans.

Also, former first-round draft choice defensive end Tyson Jackson signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Falcons and guard Geoff Schwartz hooked up for a new deal with the New York Giants.

In the early moments, no news broke on signings by the Chiefs. But later Tuesday evening, safety Husain Abdullah tweeted that he re-signed with the Chiefs. No details available. They also inked outside linebacker Frank Zombo on Monday to a new deal.

Reportedly, Albert’s deal with the Dolphins is for five years, $46 million with $25 million guaranteed. Asamoah’s contract with the Falcons averages out to $4.5 million per season. Financial terms of McCluster’s three-year deal with the Titans have been reported at $12 million, with $4.5 million in guaranteed money. The Falcons signed Jackson to a five-year, $25 million deal. No word yet on what Schwartz pulled down from the Giants.

17 Responses to “Gone: Albert, Asamoah, Jackson, McCluster, Schwartz”

  • March 11, 2014  - R W says:

    Tyson Jackson goes to Failcons too.

  • March 11, 2014  - el cid says:

    And Schwartz signed with NY Giants.

    We have Allen as both starting guards, I guess

  • March 11, 2014  - Craig says:

    Wow it is hard to figure what the current administration is thinking or if the financial mess Pioli left was too much to overcome.

  • March 11, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    Honest to God remember when you were a kid with your baseball cards and you would get together with your buddies and do trades. That’s what the NFL has turned into. The only thing you can really count on is that there will be lots of changes of players each and every year. LOSING DEXTER AND SCHWARTZ AND ASAMOAH REALLY HURTS BAD. T. JACKSON NOT SO MUCH.

  • March 11, 2014  - Josh says:


    It seems two of these were big-cap entities, while the other three (including Jackson) could have been re-negotiated. I know you’re going to have a position strength post soon; in your view, did we clear cap enough to justify some big names coming in? Albert clearly was an anchor to an otherwise questionable line. McCluster was the fastest talent in the stable. What has Dorsey done in his tenure to handle the cap and realign based on talent lost in the offseason? As always, our family’s thoughts are with you as you enter life’s next chapter.

  • March 11, 2014  - el cid says:

    Player go and come, so what. My issue is even with these guys gone, we have no money to pay replacements.

    Could we have misjudged Dorsey that badly? Lost 2 starting Guards and we got Allen and a couple of guys who no one ever heard of. We have a fly weight to replace Jackson, not sure that is not a plus.

    Bottom line is we lost 4 starters with not a single replacement in mind. Add Dorsey’s last draft not playing, next year is looking as bad an any Pioli threw on the field.

  • March 11, 2014  - Greg says:

    Brightside… look at all the compensatory daft picks we’re getting. :(

    Josh, I could be wrong but I believe that since these guys were UFA’s, they weren’t holding anything against the salary cap for this year.

    Dorsey is going to have to work some serious magic with the draft and undrafted free agents. I want to believe he’s up to the task.

    Does it bother anybody else that there is no loyalty, hometown discount or wanting to build on what they started last year with any of these players? It’s just a money grab.

  • March 11, 2014  - el cid says:

    Aren’t the com. pick for 2015, not 2014.

    Dorsey’s magic was a tad lacking last year but we all hope for the best this time around.

    Still say it will be hard to replace 4 starters when team has no money for pay one starter. Hope there is tons of talent hidden on the roster that no one has a clue who they are.

  • March 11, 2014  - R W says:

    We all had a sense FA would open as it has for the Chiefs. KC is not a hot destination market either so there’s that. Taking a good team’s leavings (Seattle last year) can only take you so far.

    What’s needed is some affordable, intelligent fee agent signings in the 2d and 3d waves of FA, and a solid draft. That’s for openers. It could be worse.
    pool could still be the GM.

  • March 11, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Greg, yes it bothers me that there in no loyalty. I fear that loyalty and the spirit of the team slides away after high school and money takes over.

    You don’t have to like it but you do have to see their point. Short careers can change a lot of attitudes.

  • March 11, 2014  - St Paul 1 says:

    I’m not crazy about them losing that many starters. And especially from the line, where it generally takes a while for personalities to meld. And right about now I’m wishing they still had that second-round draft pick.

    That said, things are always changing in the NFL, and players emerge from places you least expect. I still have some confidence in Dorsey’s professionalism, but he’d better do something to back that up.

  • March 11, 2014  - St Paul 1 says:

    As far as a hometown discount goes, it’s a nice thought, but this is a job for the players, and they’ll go where the best contract is, just as any of us would. Believe me, if a miracle occurred and some other firm came after me with a fat contract, my current boss would not be receiving a hometown discount.

  • March 11, 2014  - KC The Truth says:

    Jesus El CID. Whining already. We will see how it goes. Mc cluster is replaceable. Albert has played a whole season in 3 years. Missed what 4 games last year. Cost us a lot of money. Get over it.

  • March 11, 2014  - johnfromfairfax says:

    St Paul is right. Pro football is a brutal business with a short career with many lingering, significant health issues for most of the players for the rest of their lives. I don’t blame them in the least for getting whatever they can while they can get it.

    The days of assembling teams and having them stay together for years are over. The best teams now are those who are adept at managing the salary cap that can best assemble talent to fit together and function at a high level as a cohesive unit while replacing those who become expendable like cogs in a machine. Being a commodity isn’t the optimum way to engender loyalty. Good luck to those who’ve gone and we’ll see what the plan is to replace them and upgrade our talent going forward through this process. The beat goes on.

  • March 11, 2014  - Randall Webb says:

    Losing 4 starters is gonna hurt no matter what. What the heck are we gonna do now with no backup o-line and only 4 starters. Let’s not even talk about how bad our wideouts and tight ends stink. Alex Smith is gonna have a rough year 2. Better hope Chase Daniel is ready to play.

  • March 13, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    I still trust in Reid/Dorsey.
    Albert missed 4 games the last 2 years. Asamoah got beat out by Schwartz and even Allen. Schwartz has never played a full season.
    I trust they will be looking to sign some players for a reasonable cost when the next 2 cutdowns occur.

  • March 13, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    I will miss Dex for reasons I have already shared. But we did pick up the Canadian and McKnight.
    Jackson is very replaceable. Peeolee got his boss to overpay him.

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