In Kansas City, we've been talking about Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert and his contract, which expires after the 2012 season.
In Denver, they're talking about the same thing with their own left tackle. Ryan Clady, a 2008 draft pick selected three spots ahead of Albert, is also entering the final year of his deal and the Denver Post reports contract talks between the two "have been snagged".
If a contract extension is not reached by the start of training camp, chances increase that Clady would become a free agent at season's end. As a free agent, the chances would also increase that the Broncos would place the franchise tag on Clady next season. The franchise-tag salary for offensive linemen this year is $9.3 million.
Same deal with the Chiefs. They're hoping to extend Albert during the season to keep the franchise tag available (perhaps for a guy named Dwayne Bowe).