Jaguars unlikely to let OT Branden Albert return

Rosalie Stanley
August 9, 2017

According to the Jags official ESPN beat writer, Mike DiRocco, it's unlikely that the Jags will take the veteran back.

If he unretires and the Jaguars decide they no longer want him, Albert would go through the waiver process and become a free agent should no team claim him. That said, as Pro Football Talk points out, the Jags can't stop him from coming out of retirement and it looks as though he may force them to release or trade him. Albert quit after three training camp practices.

Albert announced on July 31 that he was retiring after nine seasons in the league. 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.

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

On the Jaguars' first depth chart of training camp, rookie Cam Robinson is listed as the starter at left tackle and seven-year pro Jeremy Parnell is on the top of the depth chart at right tackle.

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.

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The former Chiefs and Dolphins offensive tackle would reportedly owe the Jaguars $3.4 million in signing-bonus forfeiture if he were to remain retired.

Jacksonville placed Albert on the exempt/left squad list last week.

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

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

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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