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Chiefs use franchise tag on Branden Albert

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06:32 PM ET 03.04 | The Kansas City Chiefs applied the franchise tag to left tackle Branden Albert on Monday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN and Jason LaCanfora of CBS. Albert was originally drafted 15th overall by the Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft. The past two seasons by the offensive lineman have been some of the best of his career. Despite the woes on offense, this line has seen great individual performances. It was no mystery that Kansas City wanted to retain Albert, but the question was would they re-sign him to a long-term deal or would they tag him? The determining factor of how this would play out was primarily how the franchise valued him and how they valued wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who signed a five-year deal with the Chiefs on Monday. Both Albert and Bowe are marquee players, and with the team being in a transitional period, this was a crucial decision to be made by the front office.

Adam Schefter

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March 4, 2013  08:23 PM ET

Good move. Now to trade that first for later in the round and a second and we're set. Go CHIEFS!

March 4, 2013  09:42 PM ET

Andy Reid is off to a good start. Smart moves. Smith and Bowe could make a good combination. Makes me wonder how Reid screwed up so badly in Philly the last few years. Maybe his true calling is as a GM.

 
March 5, 2013  04:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good move. Now to trade that first for later in the round and a second and we're set. Go CHIEFS!

AGREED!!!

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