Some thoughts on what the franchise tag deadline means outside of Kansas City in the AFC West as the Chiefs ruled the day:
I’m not surprised that Oakland and San Diego didn’t place the franchise tag on any players. None were worthy of the tag.
It will be interesting to see how the Dustin Colquitt contract affects what Shane Lechler looks for on the open market. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Colquitt signed a five-year, $18.75 million deal. The deal makes Colquitt the highest paid punter in the NFL.
Colquitt is 30 and is coming off of a Pro Bowl season. Lechler is 36, coming off a so-so year and he is coming off an injury. Lechler is considered one of the greatest punters of all time, but I’m not sure if he will command the money Colquitt did. The Raiders are interested in bringing back Lechler, but they have other needs as well.
UPDATE: Schefter reported Lechler would be interested in joining the Texans. He is from Texas.
With Branden Albert getting the franchise tag in Kansas City, the Chargers can scratch a potential free-agent target off their list. But the free-agent left tackle class is still solid so the Chargers will be OK if they decide to try to answer their biggest need in free agency.
In other AFC West news:
The Contra Costa Times reported the Raiders created more salary-cap room by cutting the salary of guard Mike Brisiel. Many people thought Brisiel could be cut because he is a better fit for the zone-blocking scheme Oakland used last year. But it scuttled that attack moving forward. But it seems Brisiel will, at least, get a chance to keep his starting job.
The Chiefs are still in the mix for free-agent defensive end Chris Canty even though he is making other trips. The process still may take some time.
At this point, it seems that former Minnesota coach Brad Childress will not join Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City this year, but it could conceivably change.