Don’t Count Branden Albert Gone Just Yet

From Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Earlier this month radio station KCSP-AM reported that the Chiefs had decided they were not going to attempt to re-sign soon to be unrestricted free agent left tackle Branden Albert.

On Friday at the NFL Combine, general manager John Dorsey said that was news to him.

“This is the first I heard about it,” Dorsey said. “We have on-going conversations with the representatives for all of our unrestricted free agents and it just so happens we’ve had conversations with Branden’s representatives. That’s the beauty of the Combine; all those guys are here.

“We will continue to have conversations as the Combine passes.”

Last year, the Chiefs kept Albert by using the franchise-player designation and he received $9,828,000 in salary. They have the ability to do that again this year, with Albert receiving 120 percent of his salary from last season, or $11,793,600.

But Dorsey said that would not be the case this season.

“We probably won’t use that,” Dorsey said of the franchise tag. “We will continue to have ongoing discussions with his representatives at the Combine as well as after the Combine.”

Dorsey said the team had been in contact with all the agents for their unrestricted free agents. They currently have 14 players that were with them last year and are without contracts for the 2014 season:

  1. Albert
  2. Safety Husain Abdullah
  3. Guard Jon Asamoah
  4. Safety Quintin Demps
  5. Guard Ricky Henry (restricted)
  6. Defensive end Tyson Jackson
  7. Linebacker Robert James (restricted)
  8. Inside linebacker Akeem Jordan
  9. Free safety Kendrick Lewis
  10. Wide receiver Dexter McCluster
  11. Defensive tackle Jerrell Powe (restricted)
  12. Guard Geoff Schwartz
  13. Wide receiver Kyle Williams
  14. Outside linebacker Frank Zombo

The Chiefs GM added that no matter who the Chiefs re-sign or add through free agency, it won’t affect what the team does in the draft. Dorsey said they will stick with the old standby best player available.

“You have to be disciplined, you have to stick to taking the best player available, not only for immediacy, but thinking down the road,” Dorsey said. “History has shown if you stay true to that model; we will always stay disciplined to that model.”

5 Responses to “Don’t Count Branden Albert Gone Just Yet”

  • February 21, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    I understand why Dorsey would keep the door open with Albert. But he has missed 4 games each of the last 2 years. I read/heard somewhere that he graded out as the 42nd best OT last year.
    I say move Fisher to LT and Stephenson Or Schwartz RT.

  • February 21, 2014  - AL Chief says:

    Ah, LT. Remember how the Vermeil offense went in the tank back when Roaf was injured? Never was the same again…

  • February 22, 2014  - el cid says:

    First, good move Dorsey, he can say anything but there is no MONEY to sign Albert. Unless we do not add to last year’s roster. Or Albert gives a discount that would pay him less than last year’s contract. Anyone think Albert will discount the team that much?

    Second, anyone confusing Albert with Roaf need a new pair of glasses. Albert is an average NFL grade LT, Roaf was headed for the HOF before he got loaned to KC.

  • February 22, 2014  - Bryon Day says:

    el cid has a really good comment: “Anyone confusing Albert with Roaf needs a new pair of glasses.” Albert is very good at pass blocking. Roaf was superior. Albert is pretty good at run blocking. Roaf was an absolute road grader. He is a good, solid LT. He’s in the top 10 in the league. He is not worth the $10-$11 million per year as he seeks. Roaf would have been worth $13 million (in today’s $$$) in his prime. Hall of Famer and arguably the greatest LT in NFL history. By contrast, Albert is worth $7-$8 million a year. Given that one must overpay for any high-profile free agent, $9 million is as high as I’d go. But as others have pointed out, this would compromise a tight salary cap, and Albert wouldn’t accept it anyway. My view continues to be that the absolute highest priority and overwhelming need is for a first-rate FS and an upgrade at CB. After that, another pass rusher. We would have been Super Bowl caliber last year if not for a terrible pass defense that was exposed in the second half of the season. This has to do with the pass rush, but even more with an inability to cover in Sutton’s system to which we are evidently committed.

  • February 24, 2014  - Russell says:

    Albert will be dangled for the prospective teams until the last second. Only leverage Dorsey has, meaning until he thinks Albert is no bargain to the Chiefs and Albert gets no sniffs whatever and Albert cannot risk FA unless he gives the Home discount. Dorsey will keep him. Fisher just may not be ready. Chiefs are in a sellers Mrkt. Some team ready to trigger for his services will get him but only by Dorsey’s blessing.

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