BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 16: Offensive lineman Wade Smith #74 and Duane Brown #76 of the Houston Texans look on from the bench during the closing moments of the Texans 29-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs LT Brandon Albert is entering the final year of his contract as many of you know. He's been a good but not elite left tackle in his time with the Chiefs and I haven't seen any indications the Chiefs are preparing to get rid of him.
So it's notable to look at the contract Duane Brown received from the Houston Texans. According to the initial reports (which are usually a little higher than reality), Brown received a six-year extension worth $53.4 million. It's a true extension so his deal now covers seven years and roughly $55.5 million. The guarantees have been pegged at $22 million.
Brown was the 26th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft while Albert was the 15th. I would guess that their contract demands are in the same ballpark, even though Brown has a second team All-Pro on his belt, but that's just me guessing.
So Albert's play this season will help us determine where he stands on the left tackle pay scale. Is he seeking money similar to Brown? More than that? Less than that?
This will continue to be a topic of conversation, especially next offseason when the franchise tag availability hits.