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Franchise tackle Branden Albert back with Chiefs as voluntary offseason work begins in earnest

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    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith throws during an NFL football training camp Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (The Associated Press)

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    Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid watches a drill during a NFL football training camp Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (The Associated Press)

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    Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher watches a drill during a NFL football training camp Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (The Associated Press)

Any question about whether Branden Albert would fit right back in with the Kansas City Chiefs was put to rest when new quarterback Alex Smith greeted his left tackle with a smile.

Albert rejoined the Chiefs on Tuesday after missing several weeks of voluntary workouts and meetings for the start of organized team activities, which run for the next three weeks.

Albert has been seeking a long-term contract, but the two sides have been far apart. So the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Albert and he signed the tender for about $9.3 million this season, yet chose to stay away from the team.

There were even discussions with the Miami Dolphins to trade him.

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