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.