Deadline nearing for Branden Albert, Chiefs

Updated: 2013-07-16T17:44:30Z


The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs and offensive tackle Branden Albert have until 3 p.m. Monday to come to an agreement on a multi-year contract extension.

After that time, players who have been designated with the franchise tag cannot sign an extension until after the final game of the 2013 regular season.

Albert signed his franchise tender last March which will pay him $9.828 million in 2013, and he will be part of the team this season. However, if he does not sign an extension by Monday, he would be an unrestricted free agent in 2014 unless the Chiefs make him their franchise player again.

Albert, his agent BTI Sports and Chiefs general manager John Dorsey were not available for comment on the status of negotiations.

The Chiefs selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the first overall pick of the 2013 draft and plan to start him at right tackle this season, but if Albert is not retained beyond 2013, Fisher could slide over to his natural position, left tackle, in 2014.

Fisher is the only Chiefs draft pick who is still unsigned, though the Chiefs still have another 11 days before rookies are to report to get a deal done. Last year, first-round pick Dontari Poe didn't sign until the first day in St. Joseph.

But the Fisher likely hinges on whether the Chiefs and Albert reach an agreement for beyond 2013.

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