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Deadline for Chiefs to use franchise tag is today

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The window for NFL teams to use the franchise tag opened on February 17 and closes today on March 3.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have one possible candidate for the franchise tag and that is left tackle Branden Albert. But KC Chiefs GM John Dorsey told reporters at the 2014 NFL Combine in Indianapolis that the Chiefs are unlikely to use the tag. The window for using the franchise tag closes today at 3 p.m. (Arrowhead Time).

The Chiefs have the following free agents eligible for the franchise tag:

LT Branden Albert, G Geoff Schwartz, G Jon Asamoah, WR Dexter McCluster, WR Kyle Williams, DE Tyson Jackson, LB Akeem Jordan, LB Frank Zombo, S Kendrick Lewis, DB Husain Abdullah, DB Quintin Demps.

The cost of franchising any of the Chiefs offensive linemen on the list would be $11.6 million. The cost of the receivers would be $12.3 million. Tagging a defensive end is $13.1 million and the linebackers are $11.5 million. The safeties are priced at $8.4 million for the franchise tag.

None of those prices seem appetizing to me, which is why Chiefs GM John Dorsey doesn't expect to us the franchise tag.

Dorsey said at the Combine that the Chiefs and Albert's reps continue their dialogue but still, no one expects the two sides to reach a deal.

So today's deadline isn't much of a deadline at all for the Chiefs.