Some five months later after unsuccessfully trying to trade him during the recent NFL Draft, they have a precious few days to get a deal done that will allow the Chiefs to sign their top overall pick, Eric Fisher, and possibly add at least one potential free agent, former New York Jets Guard, Brandon Moore.
Without a new structured long term deal in place for Albert, who currently is costing the Chiefs around $10 million in cap hell, the organization is powerless to make those two important items happen.
Though we've heard rumblings that a new deal is closer to completion than not, this saga has created, what honestly is the only real tension, this organization has faced the entire off season.
As the Summer heats up, there's a snowball effect if Albert won't agree to a new deal by Monday. If not, the Chiefs must either make some roster cuts or go back to veteran Linebacker, Tamba Hali, and get him to play ball with KC's cap space. So far he has flat out refused to do that, and thus for the moment, the cap ball is in Albert's court.
For me the debate if Albert is truly worthy of the classification of a top five left tackle, is moot. If Reid dons him so, that's all that really matters. If Dorsey feels he can get him signed for a relatively rich contract and free up some cash, then it's probably wise to push hard to get this deal done by Monday.
As I've stated before, probably to the beat of obnoxious, I think the Chiefs and Moore have the makings of a deal in place that would indeed get Moore to KC probably by the last week of training camp. Perhaps sooner but this wily veteran doesn't need an extensive stay in St. Joe to land a starting gig for the Chiefs.
For KC's top draft choice (Mr. Fisher), he already knows the iron he's going to extract from the Chiefs bank vault, but at the moment there's not enough cash to transfer the funds.
Thus the emphasis and the priority for this organization remains a player that was franchised and wasn't too happy about it, who flirted with getting a deal done with AFC Rival Miami and was begrudged to sign his franchise tender with no real desire to extract a long term deal out of the employer that's guaranteeing him a kings ransom to play just one NFL season.
So where's the appreciation and love? It's the NFL so for the most part it doesn't exist.
Still Dorsey has to strive to complete this transaction and it may go down to zero hour on Monday afternoon. But failure in this regard, isn't really an option for this franchise. That's because as camp approaches, Reid can't have any distractions in the locker room. And players who feel slighted in regards to contract disputes eventually will become a problem on the field or worse off the field.
Reid has enough demons to chase from the stench of the "Patriot Way" and though Albert came from the Peterson regime, he's probably one of the last viable long term options that he's going to have to deal with from his inherited past.
So will it get done?
I sure hope so because right now KC's offensive line needs both Albert and Fisher under cap friendly contracts and in camp happy so at some point they can add a veteran like Moore to anchor Reids' new Quarterback, Alex Smith.
And that's truly the most important item on Reid's plate as he gets ready for the 2013 season.
WARPAINT ILLUSTRATED MESSAGE BOARDS:
Does the value exist to sign Albert to a long term deal?
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