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Branden Albert’s Injury May Help The Kansas City Chiefs in the Long Run


As Branden Albert got carted off the field, it was like the straw that broke the camel’s back. The offensive line had been pretty solid the last two weeks; Jamal Charles has getting bigger running lanes, Alex Smith has had more time to look down field, and throw the deep ball. The Kansas City Chiefs’ offense have scored 66 points the last two weeks, and that was more than the previous three weeks combined.

Chiefs fans should remain calm. The injury may not be as serious as originally feared, and  Albert’s injury could actually help the the Chiefs in the long run. Albert was playing well, and the Chiefs would have had to pay Albert like a Pro Bowler in the off-season if they want to keep him. Maybe Ryan Clady-like money.

Clady got a five-year deal worth $52.5 million dollars with $25 million guaranteed. Now, because of the increased injury risk Albert has become, maybe the Chiefs can pay Albert the type of money Jake Long got from the St. Louis Rams , which was a four-year deal worth $36 million with $16 million guaranteed.

Albert may have no choice but to take the lesser deal, or Kansas City could place the franchise tag on him again. It is less likely anyone would trade for a banged up left tackle or offer top left tackle money for him either.

This will also let the Chiefs see if Eric Fisher can come in off the bench, and make an impact over the next week or two.

Eric Fisher has actually been on the bench the last two weeks. Now, it is time for the first overall draft pick to shine. If he doesn’t show improvement it while substituting for Albert, it will set the offense back. It will feed the fear that Fisher is a bust, and that the Chiefs will have to resign Albert.

The Chiefs may decide to pass on Albert and his knees, and pursue other options via free agency. Albert’s injury is not the end of the world, and the Chiefs do have options.

The Chiefs play the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders over the next two weeks so Fisher will get a chance to prove himself against defenses without strong pass rushes. Albert may or may not be able to return this season, but the injury may prove to be help the Chiefs in the future.

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  • 2dogs

    Good points. I sure hope he’s back for the playoffs. We have the luxury of resting all our key players over the next four weeks. All the other playoff contenders are jockeying for position while we are all but assured a wildcard spot. We may need to win one more and hopefully that comes before the last week so we can sit everyone against the chargers.

  • Jamelle Crutcher

    keep up the work my brother. Your right though The Chiefs keeping BA will be based on the performance of his replacement, because dude is getting older and he just seems injury prone, in the worst place for a T.

  • Joel Wagler

    Good stuff!

  • Andy

    As soon as Albert went down, I text a friend of mine about how we might look next year w/o Albert.