Jaguars unlikely to allow Branden Albert to return

Rachel Hardy
August 9, 2017

Two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Branden Albert announced his retirement from the National Football League last week but now has reportedly informed the Jacksonville Jaguars that he wants to play in 2017.

Placing Albert on the reserve/retired list means his contract is paused, and the Jaguars retain his rights. Per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Albert met with the Jaguars over the weekend.

Albert, 32, had wanted a new contract since the Jaguars acquired him from Miami in March in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick. Albert reported to training camp last month but announced his intention to retire after just a few days.

With Albert's retirement, Jacksonville can recoup $US3.4 million in signing bonus money. He did not participate in the Jaguars' voluntary offseason conditioning program and organized team activities because he wanted a contract that included guaranteed money.

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Whether Albert will actually want to play again is anyone's guess.

The Jaguars, who are holding joint practices with the Patriots in New England, declined to comment on the situation Monday. The Jaguars quickly turned to the next man up, Robinson, although the procedural move was to place the veteran on the exempt/left team list, which gave Albert a five-day window to return. The Dolphins signed Albert in 2014 giving him a signing bonus of $8.5 million.

Albert hasn't played a full season since 2011 when he was with Kansas City, who selected him 15th overall in 2008.

Albert helped the Dolphins rush for 1,824 yards and allowed just four sacks in 13 games past year, despite playing with a ligament tear in his wrist for the second half of the season.

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