Branden Albert Heads To South Beach

It was widely expected to happen and once free agency officially opened, Kansas City Chiefs starting left tackle Branden Albert signed with the Miami Dolphins.

A year after being the Chiefs franchise player, GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid decided to let the tackle walk. And he was happy to leave, grabbing a fat five-year, $46 million contract for his trouble, including $25 million guaranteed.

Albert was part of a huge run on offensive tackles and he managed to score the biggest deal. The Arizona Cardinals (another suitor for Albert) gave former Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer a five year deal for $35 million, while the Raiders responded by handing out $42.5 million to Rodger Saffold.

Unlike a lot of the Chiefs players leaving in free agency, they actually already have a replacement in house. Last year’s first overall pick, Eric Fisher, and third-year pro Donald Stephenson will provide the protection for Alex Smith.

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