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No Repeat Of Franchise Tag For Branden Albert

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
Quarterback $16,912,000 Quarterback $14,666,000
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
Linebacker $11,455,000 Linebacker $9,754,000
Cornerback $11,834,000 Cornerback $10,081,000
Safety $8,433,000 Safety $7,253,000
Kicker/Punter $3,556,000 Kicker/Punter $3,205,000

5 Responses to “No Repeat Of Franchise Tag For Branden Albert”

  • March 4, 2014  - R W says:

    Look at those QB numbers: About 17Mil or 14.6Mil depending on the status, then look at Alex Smith’s current deal of around $8Mil per. What’s a realistic number to get him signed? I’d say about $20mil per/x 5yrs= $100mil which would eat up most of the wiggle room for luring free agents and keeping guys like Albert around.

    My point: If additional guys like TJack94, A.Jordan and Asamoah hit the cutting room floor, you know the full court press is on to get Alex Smith into a longterm deal because if he has another season in ’14 to match or exceed ’13, that $20Mil x 5 price will look like a bargain at the end of the ’14 season.

    There’s only so many dollars that can be sprayed around, so what to do? Lock up Alex Smith to a longterm deal now, or roll the dice on a big run in ’14 by keeping most of the core intact while adding a key veteran piece or two? Sure, there’s slight of hand re-structuring that can be done on guys like Bowe but Alex Smith’s status is the one to watch as the off-season continues to unfold.


  • March 4, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    I would become very ill if we signed Alex Smith to a 5 year 100 million dollar deal. He is not an elite QB and does not deserve elite money. Just compare him for a moment to Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Aaron Rogers. Who would you rather have between the 4 of them going into the AFC Championship game??????? Smith would come in 4th between those guys.


  • March 4, 2014  - el cid says:

    It is a question of vision. Clark’s vision, Dorsey’s vision, and Reid’s vision…..not mine and certainly not your, whoever you are.

    Fun to talk about who to keep, let go, or replace but, for me, I want some action by the Chiefs not the pundits. Look out 11 Mar 14.


  • March 5, 2014  - R W says:

    For all those that are either in disagreement with Alex @100/5 or at odds…Ah..umm..What did guys like Romo get? I say: Hide and watch.


  • March 5, 2014  - Craig says:

    Hey Bob,
    Would you give us your take on who the Chiefs should keep of their own and which FAs the Chiefs should be looking eyeing to sign?


  • March 5, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    What was Cutler’s contract? If I recall it was reasonable considering the market.
    We must sign Alex. My guess is he will give us a hometown discount. He made a ton of $$$ under the old CBA.
    I think he knows the Chiefs gave his career new life. He sold his house in California. He wants a ring and I bet he wants one before the 49ers get one.


  • March 6, 2014  - Niblick says:

    I think Cutler’s contract was in the 16-17MM per year for five years. I heard several weeks ago that was what his agent had as a basis. I think he is every bit as good as Cutler. He’s not asking Brees, Brady, Manning money. I agree with Cy, that the Chiefs need to lock him up long term. That doesn’t mean we can’t draft other QBs over the next few years. I think he will get his extension in the near future.




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