Branden Albert To Sign One-Year contract With Chiefs from KC Star
Left tackle Branden Albert told the Chiefs on Monday he planned to sign their one-year contract offer worth about $9.83 million. Once he signs the deal, Albert will be bound to join the Chiefs for their mandatory mini-camp in June and then for the start of training camp in July.
Beyond that, his situation with the Chiefs remained unclear. The Chiefs and Albert could still negotiate a contract that would keep Albert in Kansas City for a longer term, though Albert recently told the Kansas City Star the sides were not close to an agreement on a multi-year contract before Albert was designated as the franchise player two weeks ago.
Chiefs Awarded Third-, Sixth-Round Draft Choice from KC Star
The Chiefs now have eight picks. They have two selections in the third and sixth rounds but none in the second after sending that pick to the 49ers as part of the trade that brought quarterback Alex Smith.
The Chiefs and Albert can continue to negotiate the long-term deal that wasn't reached before they used the tag.
The Chiefs have to be thrilled with the flexibility of having an elite offensive tackle under contract to go with quarterback Alex Smith, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, running back Jamaal Charles and the No. 1 pick.
Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will participate in a full workout at the school's pro day on Wednesday, according to Tony Pauline.
The news comes just about a month after Lotulelei was held out of workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine after doctors discovered a heart condition causing the defensive tackle's heart to pump at less than maximum efficiency.
At Villanova's pro day, one player in particular stood out: defensive back Jareed Gaines. He didn't run the 40-yard dash due to a hamstring issue, but Gaines managed to put up 17 on the bench press, which is significant for a defensive back, and he also managed to hit a 34-inch vertical leap. On top of that, Gaines said that a Kansas City Chiefs scout asked for his information, which means he's on the radar and could find himself drafted in April.
NFL Free Agency Report Cards from USA Today
Kansas City Chiefs (B+): Andy Reid's Dream Team background is reason for pause. But despite his new squad's struggles in 2012, it had six Pro Bowlers on the roster, and that didn't include re-signed WR Dwayne Bowe or franchised LT Branden Albert. The acquisition of QB Alex Smith, influx of less well-known talent at palatable cost - CB Sean Smith, DE Mike DeVito and WR Donnie Avery head the list - not to mention the jettisoning of a few underperformers recast this franchise as playoff-caliber.
Ravens, Falcons Awarded Four Compensatory Picks In 2013 NFL Draft from Yahoo! Sports
Three teams - the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans - gained choices in the Top 100 of what is expected to be a very deep draft. The Texans will now have the No. 95 overall pick, the Chiefs the No. 96 pick and the Titans will have the No. 97 pick.
2013 NFL Mock Draft: NFL Free Agency Changes Teams' Drafts from CBS Sports
1. Kansas City Chiefs -- Eric Fisher, LT, Central Michigan -- Kansas City has been busy this offseason, but they still need to shore up one of the tackle spots. Grabbing Fisher gives them versatility with Branden Albert and the left side of the line.
Report: Chiefs Will Listen To Branden Albert Trade Offers from ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs would also likely need to be convinced that Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher was their choice with the first overall pick because it wouldn't do the Chiefs much good to trade away Albert and open up a big hole at left tackle. It's easy to believe they'd be willing to consider trading Albert, but a lot would have to happen to make it seem like a likely way for things to play out.
Luke Joeckel won't go away. For the third straight mock draft, he's at the top -- and for good reason. He's a perfect fit for the Chiefs, who addressed glaring needs with the additions of quarterbacks and cornerbacks. It's the rest of the board that gets juggled, with West Virginia's Geno Smith moving up the charts, thanks to last week's workout.
Kansas City-- Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M: They don't need cornerbacks, and Eric Winston just left. Besides, Branden Albert is signed for only one year.
Branded Albert To Sign Franchise Tender from ESPN
Earlier Monday, we discussed a potential trade partner in Miami. I'm sure the Chiefs would be interested in dealing Albert to recoup the second-round pick it gave up for quarterback Alex Smith. Plus, it may take Texas A&M's left tackle Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 pick.
The fact that Albert is signing his tender puts salary-cap pressure on the Chiefs. They will likely have to pressure some deals to make room for Albert. So a trade could interest the team.
It's been some time since the Kansas City Chiefs incident. What were the high level take-a-ways from that situation from a social media management standpoint?
I think it made sports teams realize the power of the fans. In the NFL, the teams make so much money from broadcast revenue sharing, close to 1/4 of a billion dollars a year. NFL teams could, in theory, have an empty stadium for every game and still be close to profitability. That's crazy. I've talked with 4 directors of interactive marketing for sports teams and they all were aware of the Chiefs incident, and they used it as a teaching moment for their digital and social media teams on what not to do. Brand managers are important. Community managers are important. Don't leave these key positions up to unpaid interns or inexperienced, emotional people. These people are the front face of your organization and they need to be trained on what to do, and what not to do. One bad message can have massive implications. That being said, the Chiefs and I are on a good ground now, since Save Our Chiefs helped get the GM fired. I'm now a new Chiefs season ticket holder.
Last Man Standing from The Mothership
The two-a-day drills continued for 10 days and although the players were working with no pads, the number of participants continued to dwindle. By the time the camp ended, Stram and company had selected only 17 players out of the original 129 and the survivors were off to Rosewell, New Mexico and the "official" start of training camp.
"We looked like prisoners of war," Stover recalled, as he and his fellow survivors started off to New Mexico. Of the 17 who migrated to Rosewell, only Stover and Al Reynolds made the team from the earlier camp, a testament to their perseverance, not to mention their play. Stover went on to play for the Texans and then the Chiefs for six years, including Super Bowl I.