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.