The Kansas City Chiefs are going to start up talks with LT Branden Albert soon, via Bill Williamson of ESPN:
July 15 (which is in exactly two weeks) is the final day of the calendar year in which a franchised player can sign an extension. Denver’s Ryan Clady and Kansas City’s Branden Albert were both given the franchise tag. Thus, if neither player signs an extension in the next 14 days, neither can sign a new deal after the season is over.
Could either player sign in the next two weeks? Sure, both could. I’d think the odds are higher that Albert re-signs than Clady. Albert and the Chiefs are expected to talk next week. Clady and the Broncos have had some talks, but they are reportedly not close.
Let the countdown begin. There is only a couple of weeks for the two sides to come together with an agreement, otherwise Albert will ride out his contract franchise tag deal.
Albert will be holding down the left side of the line and rookie Eric Fisher will be locking down the right side of the line. The Chiefs will have a nice pair of tackles holding down the offensive line for a long time if they are able to lock up Albert.