All was good for Branden Albert in his long-awaited return to Chiefs camp Tuesday. His arrival was hailed by his coaches and teammates, and as the Chiefs continued their offseason practice, Albert took his spot at starting left tackle as he had been promised.

That, Albert said, was what he wanted all along. But, until the Chiefs exhausted all trade possibilities for Albert and he was told he could play his favored position, he wasn’t sure he would get that in Kansas City.

“I never was sad, never disgruntled, just a little confused,’’ Albert said. “Everything is clear now. It’s in the past.’’

Albert indicated that all along he never made his issue with the Chiefs personal. He insisted he wanted to remain with the Chiefs, the only NFL team he’s ever played for.

Albert was drafted by the Chiefs in the first round in 2008 and has been their starting left tackle ever since.

“I had to go through the process and now I’m here,’’ Albert said. “I’m happy to be back. I’m a little rusty. I’ve got to knock a lot of rust off. I’m a little behind but I’m veteran and I know what it takes to catch up and I will.’’

What could have turned into a volatile situation for the Chiefs seems to have ended uneventfully. Albert is working under a one-year contract worth almost $10 million, so things could flare again next year.

But at the least the Chiefs are happy with the short-term ending to the Albert issue. The sides couldn’t agree to terms of a new, long-term contract over the winter, so in March the Chiefs designated him as their franchise player, effectively preventing Albert from becoming a free agent and negotiating a long-term contract with another team.

Albert almost immediately registered his unhappiness. He stayed away from the offseason program that started in early April, the Chiefs explored trade possibilities involving Albert with the Miami Dolphins and then selected a tackle, Eric Fisher, with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Albert in the meantime went public with his grievances with the Chiefs, something he said he now regrets.

“Everybody makes mistakes,’’ Albert said. “Through this whole process, I realize I made mistakes. I’ll grow from it and move on. I should not have said certain things. You know what I said. I’m just happy I’m here.’’