Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 11/18/14
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Branden Albert is officially playing for 2014 now, be it a 2014 here or in climes where the sidewalks won't melt Crocs on contact. When the worst-case scenario is a one-year contract worth 9.8 million, pity is hardly the first emotion that springs to the fore. Albert is hunky, the Kansas City Chiefs are dory, and nobody loses. The club has the veteran left tackle right where they want him -- here, for the moment, with no promises beyond that. Albert is 28, but it's an old 28, and he's now afforded a chance to prove to Andy Reid, John Dorsey, Justin Bieber and the rest of the free world that his back problems of 2012 were a fluke rather than a harbinger of decays to come. As it turns out, the long-term extension that had been whispered about didn't see the light of day, and so what? Monday's deadline for franchise-tagged players came and went without a deal, which means the New York native will play on the one-year, 9.8 million tender he'd agreed to earlier. Th...
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