If the Kansas City Chiefs are going to cut a long-term deal with franchise tackle Branden Albert, today is the day to get it done. It’s the deadline for any deal with franchise players to get done and another tackle, Ryan Clady of the Denver Broncos, got a huge contract on Sunday.
In Clady’s five-year, $52.5 million deal with $33 million guaranteed, the Chiefs and Albert have a ceiling for their deal. Though the Kansas City tackle won’t like to hear it, Clady is better and deserves a bigger deal. Still, Albert’s contract should live in the same atmosphere.
The Chiefs could probably live with a deal just south of the one Clady turned down last year: five years, $50 million, including $28 million in guarantees.
There’s a good chance Albert decides that isn’t good enough for him and he plays out the season on his nearly $10 million, one-year deal. That would then set the stage for the Chiefs to tag the tackle again next year, setting the stage for another back and forth on a long-term deal.
Waiting another year for a big deal would be a risk for Albert. If his back problems that limited him to just 11 starts in 2012 become an issue in Andy Reid’s first year, the Chiefs could let Albert walk in favor of first overall pick Eric Fisher.