Branden Albert Wants to Un-Retire from Jacksonville Jaguars

Esther Moore
August 9, 2017

Albert initially announced his retirement on July 31 following three practices in training camp.

The Jaguars will play their first preseason game on Thursday against the New England Patriots.

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. NFL.com noted that Albert's decision meant he would owe the Jaguars $3.4 million in "signing-bonus forfeiture".

Albert skipped most of the Jaguars' offseason program while lobbying for a new contract, and trained in South Florida.

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The Miami Dolphins returned a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Jaguars upon his retirement. For the Jags, they have to hope Albert is not a distraction or even a shell of his former self but that being back on the field and in the camaraderie of the locker room will motivate him to be the Pro Bowl blocker he's been in previous seasons. He spent his first six seasons with the Chiefs and then signed a five-year, $47 million deal in free agency with the Dolphins. He was due an $8.875 million base salary for 2017 and $9.575 million for 2018, though none was guaranteed. He didn't participate in Jacksonville's optional organized team activities, though he did show up later for mandatory minicamp. Albert worked out with the team's first team offense the first day of training camp, but Robinson over the next two days took reps with the first team.

Albert was the 15th overall pick by Kansas City in 2008.

It was never clear why Albert chose to walk away after nine National Football League seasons.

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

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