No Deadline Deal For Chiefs/Albert; Clady signs

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 – 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.

One Response to “No Deadline Deal For Chiefs/Albert; Clady signs”

  • July 16, 2013  - R W says:

    How badly did the Chief’s front office want to do a longterm deal with Albert? It’s sort of like proposing to an attractive woman while having a hot younger one in reserve. Okay, bad example but that’s the feeling I’m taking away.

    Albert and his agent had to feel miffed by the trade chatter prior to the draft which added to the attitude about his value on both sides of the table. Albert’s incentive now is to put up a strong season to enhance his post 2013 trade value while the Chiefs have a full season to break in their next franchise LT.

    Not necessarily an ideal situation for anyone but who’s surprised at the no deal outcome? Is this good or bad for the Chiefs going forward? Hard to say but it seems less than ideal.

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