Jaguars' Albert reverses course on retirement

09 August, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Offensive tackle Branden Albert reportedly told the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday that he will come back to training camp and reverse his decision to retire. According to the Jags official ESPN beat writer, Mike DiRocco, it's unlikely that the Jags will take the veteran back. The Jaguars keep his rights, but if Albert decides he really, truly wants to play again, they have to either pay or cut him.

Albert was working out in the team facility on the players' day off on July 30 and tight end Marcedes Lewis said he spoke with Albert that day and they talked about the upcoming season. He would owe Jacksonville $3.4 million in signing-bonus money if he stayed retired. Albert announced his retirement last week after only five days in training camp.

The Jaguars are now in Foxborough, Massachusetts, for two days of joint practices with the New England Patriots, and a team spokesman said the team would not comment on the situation. He did not participate in the Jaguars' voluntary offseason conditioning program and organized team activities because he wanted a contract that included guaranteed money.

Albert was in a competition to start at left tackle with Cam Robinson a rookie, who Jacksonville drafted with the No. 34 pick overall.

Albert, a first-round pick in 2008, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection. The Dolphins had planned to release Albert in February, but the Jaguars jumped the gun and traded for Albert before he could become a free agent.

Albert had two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed with Miami in 2014.

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


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