Branden Albert Q &A transcript below.
Q: How'd it feel to finally get back out on the field?
Albert: "It felt pretty good. I'm happy to be back. I'm a little rusty, so I have to knock a lot of rust off. I'm happy to be back with my teammates, working."
Q: Was there a time when you didn't know if you'd be back here?
Albert: "I'm just happy to be back. I'm here now. I'm not worried about what I thought before. I'm happy to be here with my teammates and work."
Q: What changed you from sad to happy?
Albert: "There was no disgruntled, just a little confused. Everything is clear. It's in the past. I'm here to work."
Q: What did coach say to you when he called?
Albert: "He said he wanted to drag me here and kick my butt. That's what he wanted to do. He said I was going to play left tackle. He said he wanted me to come in and work."
Q: What was the central point?
Albert: "There was no central point. Like I said, that's in the past. I'm here to talk about today and moving forward and help this team win games."
Q: Are you close to a long term deal?
Albert: "That's something that my representatives and John Dorsey are talking about. The only thing I'm going to worry about is playing this game and getting better and helping this team win."
Q: How's your back?
Albert: "My back feels good and felt pretty good today moving around. I just have to get the muscles down and get some of this technique down."
Q: Have you interacted with Eric Fisher much?
Albert: "A lot. Why would I not interact with Eric Fisher? A lot of you guys know me. I've been here five years, and that's not the type of person I am. If anything, I'm going to help him the best I can to help us win. I'm the old guy on the offensive line, so I'm willing to help every guy on the offensive line."
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Q: What's your impression of Alex Smith?
Albert: "I like him. He came up to me yesterday with a big smile. He told me he's happy I'm here, so it gave me a vote of confidence."
Q: Do you think you should have maybe chosen your words differently through this process?
Albert: "Everybody makes mistakes. Through this whole process, I realized I made mistakes. I'll grow from it and move on."
Q: So you would admit you made some mistakes?
Albert: "I should have probably not said certain things. It's part of the game. I learned from it and moved on."
Q: Specifically what?
Albert: "You know what I said. I'm not going to repeat it."
Q: All of it?
Albert: "Some of it. I'm just happy I'm here at OTAs with this team, the Kansas City Chiefs. I'm happy to be here."
Q: You're here for good?
Albert: "I'm here right now."
Q: Is this where you wanted to be the whole time?
Albert: "The whole time. That's the God-honest truth. I wanted to be a Chief. I had to go through the process. Now I'm here."
Q: Why did you sign your tender so early?
Albert: "Just was something that me and my representatives came up with. We thought it was a good idea."
Q: If you had not gotten the assurance you'd be the left tackle, would you be here?
Albert: "That's what I was told. That's where I'm at."
Q: A lot was going on before the draft.
Albert: "Everything was confusing."
Q: Where you keeping track of that at the time?
Q: How close were you to being a member of the Dolphins?
Albert: "Don't know. You never know. I know I'm a member of the Kansas City Chiefs."
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Q: Do you think you're behind at all?
Albert: "A little bit. I'm a little behind, but I'm a veteran. I know what it takes to catch up."
Q: After the first day, do you get the sense that it's going to be a much faster pace on offense?
Albert: "Yeah. It was very, very fast paced. That's what I mean when I say I've got to catch up. I was a little rusty today. How many practices, 13, 14 practices to catch up? So, I'm going to do it."
Q: Was the atmosphere different already?
Albert: "Everything was upbeat, up-tempo. Coach was really on guys, on the small little things to get right. That will help us in the long run."
Q: Andy Reid was an offensive lineman, and he stocked up on o-linemen. Do you appreciate that?
Albert "Last year, we had some injuries. I'm glad that we're pretty stacked and we're pretty strong. We will just keep working hard to keep getting stronger."