The NFL deadline for using the franchise player designation passed on Monday afternoon and only four teams used that tool to tie-up one of their soon to be unrestricted free agents.
One of those clubs was not the Chiefs. As expected G.M. John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid made the decision to not franchise left tackle Branden Albert for a second season. Thus, he will be a UFA come the start of free agency on March 11th.
The Chiefs have continued talks with Albert’s agent, but at this point it would be a surprise if they were able to reach a contract agreement before the free agency kickoff. After March 11th, the chance of Albert returning after reaching the open market is slim. Left tackles of his quality are going to attract big-money offers, something the Chiefs may not be able to afford under the 2014 salary cap.
Several other soon-to-be free agent left tackles also were not tagged, like Oakland’s Jared Veldheer and Jacksonville/Baltimore’s Eugene Monroe; it will be interesting to see how the market shakes out for teams in dire need of a blind-side tackle.
The franchise players named were (offered the average base salary of the top 5 paid players at his position): Carolina DE Greg Hardy, New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham, New York Jets K Nick Folk and Washington OLB Brian Orakpo.
The transition players named were (offered the average base salary of the top 10 paid players at his position): Cleveland C Alex Mack and Pittsburgh LB Jason Worilds.
Here are the money amounts that teams must tender franchise and transition players:
NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE PLAYERS¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† TRANSITION PLAYERS
|¬†Position||Tender Amount||¬†||Position||Tender Amount|
|Running Back||$9,540,000||Running Back||$8,033,000|
|Wide Receiver||$12,132,000||Wide Receiver||$10,176,000|
|Tight End||$7,053,000||Tight End||$6,106,000|
|Offensive Linemen||$11,654,000||Offensive Linemen||$10,039,000|
|Defensive End||$13,116,000||Defensive End||$10,633,000|
|Defensive Tackle||$9,654,000||Defensive Tackle||$8,060,000|