KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It could be worse. A lot worse. Branden Albert could be a Miami Dolphin right now, the Beast of South Beach. Eric Fisher could be learning the NFL ropes at left tackle while charged with guarding Alex Smith's blind side.
"We don't think about that," center Rodney Hudson says.
"It was really important for him to come back," tackle Donald Stephenson says. "Helps us out a lot."
It's a fact: The relationship between Albert and his employers at present, the Kansas City Chiefs, has seen better days. The big lug wants a long-term contract; the Chiefs are in wait-and-see mode; and ne'er the twain. Since being slapped with the franchise tag (and a 1-year tender for 2013) back in March, the 6-foot-5 New York native has been almost traded about seven different times, depending on your Twitter feed of choice.
He went to the NFL Network in April to ask for a "definitive answer" from the new Chiefs front office, then stayed away from the first three weeks of organized team...