October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Daniel Te

Branden Albert Resumes Talks With Chiefs

Franchise tagged left tackle Branden Albert is reportedly ready to resume talks with the Kansas City Chiefs about a new deal, according to ESPN’s Bill Williamson.

The deadlines for a franchised player signing an extension with a team is July 15 so the timing is not surprising. What would be surprising is if the Chiefs get a deal done. We are not too far removed from the rumor-a-day cycle that Albert would be traded. This quick of a turnaround would seem odd from an outside perspective but Albert did seem pretty upbeat about staying with the Chiefs during OTAs.

Kansas City has still yet to sign number one overall draft pick Eric Fisher, which may have something to do with the Albert contract negotiations. Estimates have the Chiefs pushed up against the salary cap fairly tight because of the large figure Albert currently holds. How the Chiefs go about structuring Fisher’s contract – monetary figures are pretty much set because of the collective bargaining agreement – may be influenced by whether or not a deal gets done with Albert.

Fisher is the only draft pick who has not yet signed a contract, but it would be a surprise if he doesn’t have a deal done by the time rookies are expected to report to training camp on July 22.

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  • Austin Wagner

    I hope Albert gets locked up for a couple years, offensive line stability isa must for a team to be successful. It would be nice to have 2 bookend tackles on contract for a few years. I’m not worried at all about Fisher. He wants to play football and the CBA makes it relatively simple compared to what is going on with Albert.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Yeah, Fisher shouldn’t be an issue at all.

    • Jim Harper

      “A couple years” is not a long term contract and Albert will in no way go for that. We will be lucky to keep him for a 5 yr deal somewhere in the $8 mil range.