Analyzing Best Potential Fits for Free-Agent OT Branden Albert

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Analyzing Best Potential Fits for Free-Agent OT Branden Albert
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In the NFL, there truly is no offseason. The dust had no sooner settled on the Seattle Seahawks' victory in Super Bowl XLVIII than teams were already casting their eyes toward the upcoming crop of free agents.

Among them, offensive tackle Branden Albert is sure to draw a ton of interest.

So to speak.

The seventh-year veteran, who started 12 games at left tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, is set to hit the open market after playing under the franchise tag a year ago.

As Danny Parkins of 610 AM in Kansas City tweeted Wednesday, the Chiefs are apparently prepared to let Albert walk, confident that 2013 first-round pick Eric Fisher can slide into his slot.

There should be no shortage of suitors for a player Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer Matt Miller ranked 13th among NFL left tackles entering last season.

After all, tackle is a premium position. The number of teams that need a trustworthy blindside protector is probably larger than the number of those who don't.

In the words of B/R NFL National Lead Writer Ty Schalter, "Branden Albert is a good pass-protecting left tackle, so Branden Albert is worth his weight in gold."

With that in mind, here's a handful of teams who definitely need to pick up the phone when free agency opens on March 11. They have the cap space to absorb a big contract and the postseason aspirations to motivate risking that cap space on an expensive veteran signing.

Most of all, they have a need at the most important spot on the offensive line.

 

Salary-cap data courtesy of Spotrac (subscription required).

Offensive line rankings courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

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