Jaguars place left tackle Branden Albert on reserve/retired list

Arnold Nichols
August 9, 2017

He reportedly told the Jaguars that he wants to come back, but ESPN is reporting that the team might not let him.

Placing Albert on the reserve/retired list means his contract is paused, and the Jaguars retain his rights.

Just one week after he abruptly made a decision to retire, Branden Albert has changed his mind. He had been traded from the Dolphins to the Jags in March for a future seventh-round draft pick.

The Jaguars, who are holding joint practices with the Patriots in New England, declined to comment on the situation Monday. He was due to make $9.5 million in 2018.

With Albert's retirement, Jacksonville can recoup $US3.4 million in signing bonus money. He signed a five-year, $47 million deal with the Dolphins in 2014 after six seasons with the Chiefs. He did not participate in the Jaguars' voluntary offseason conditioning program and organized team activities because he wanted a contract that included guaranteed money.

The Jaguars say the move came four days after Albert approached officials "about the opportunity to return to the National Football League at a later date".

In mid-June Albert did not take part in a mandatory minicamp of three days held by the team, but reported with the other veterans for Jacksonville to training camp July 26. The Jaguars, however, would rather go with the younger, cheaper option at left tackle in rookie Cam Robinson.

Judging by what has transpired, it certainly seems the world's shortest retirement was a ploy by Albert, a former two-time Pro Bowl selection who is now 32 and far closer to the finish line than the starting gun of his career. Albert missed 20 games over the last five seasons, including seven in 2014 because of a knee injury.

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