The Chiefs and their franchise player Branden Albert could not agree to a long-term contract before Monday afternoon’s 3 o’clock (CDT) deadline for negotiations with the left tackle.
If the team and player can’t agree to a new contract by the deadline, negotiations must end and cannot begin again until after the regular season has been completed. Albert, who signed his franchise player tender offer back in the spring will receive $9.828 million for the 2013 season. He will then reach free agency again next year.
On Sunday, the Denver Broncos and their franchise player LT Ryan Clady agreed to a 5-year deal, for a reported $53 million with $33 million in guaranteed money over the first three years of the contract. It’s not the biggest left tackle contract in the history of the league, but it’s among the top three or four with an average annual payout of nearly $11 million.
With the exception of Clady none of the other franchise players got long-term deals from their clubs β Albert, Buffalo S Jairus Byrd, Chicago DT Henry Melton, Cincinnati DE Michael Johnson, Dallas DE Anthony Spencer, Indianapolis P Pat McAfee and Miami DT Randy Starks. All but Byrd have signed their tender offers and are under contract for the season. Byrd has not signed and has not said whether he will attend the start of Bills training camp next week.