Left tackle Branden Albert has reportedly accepted the Chiefs’ one-year contract offer worth about $9.83 million, according to USA Today. The Chiefs were obligated to make the offer to Albert when they designated him as their franchise player last month.

Albert, a first-round draft pick of the Chiefs in 2008, has developed into one of the league’s better left tackles. The Chiefs weren’t able to make much progress with Albert on a long-term contract before the start of the free agency period, but they were able to effectively keep him off the free-agent market by designating him as their franchise player.

By accepting the offer, Albert would guarantee that he would be in training camp on time. The sides can continue to negotiate a long-term contract.

If the Chiefs and Albert don’t agree on terms of a long-term contract and he plays the season under his one-year deal, the Chiefs would still face some uncertainty about the future of a most important position.