Branden Albert Now Wants To Play For Jaguars In 2017

Lawrence Cooper
August 9, 2017

The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed left tackle Branden Albert on the reserve/retired list, essentially ending his brief and baffling tenure with the team. According to the Jags official ESPN beat writer, Mike DiRocco, it's unlikely that the Jags will take the veteran back.

By placing him on the reserve/retired list, however, the Jags retain Albert's rights and ensure they are the only team he can play for if he does return unless they trade or release him, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Albert quit after three training camp practices. Albert sat out Jacksonville's offseason workouts but participated in three days of preseason camp before releasing a statement last Monday that said he had chose to call it a career.

The Miami Dolphins returned a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Jaguars upon his retirement. 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, who are holding joint practices with the Patriots in New England, declined to comment on the situation Monday.

When he announced his retirement, Jacksonville had an option to pursue $3.4 million of the bonus money that was pro-rated even though they were not the team that paid it but had inherited his 2014 contract, said a source with the league.

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The Jaguars will likely start rookie Cam Robinson at left tackle.

Albert, a first-round pick in 2008, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

Albert signed a five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2014 season.

In just a week away from football, though, Albert seems to be missing the game.

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