The Jaguars, who are holding joint practices with the Patriots in New England, declined comment on the situation Monday. Per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Albert met with the Jaguars over the weekend.
Just one week following his announced retirement, Albert told his former team the Jacksonville Jaguars he wanted to return to play for them, but a source in the National Football League said Jacksonville was not likely to allow that to happen. The Dolphins signed Albert in 2014 giving him a signing bonus of $8.5 million.
On Monday, July 31, OL Branden Albert informed Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone that he was stepping away from the team.
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Albert skipped most of the Jaguars' offseason program while lobbying for a new contract, and trained in South Florida. Albert's contract wasn't guaranteed, but he could have made almost $9 million this upcoming season. He would owe Jacksonville $3.4 million in signing-bonus money if he stayed retired. He didn't participate in Jacksonville's optional organized team activities, though he did show up later for mandatory minicamp. With Albert out of the picture the Jaguars will likely turn to rookie Cam Robinson at left tackle. Albert worked with the first-team offense on the first day of camp but Robinson took reps there in the next two practices.
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.
On an off day July 30 Albert talked with a teammate about the upcoming 2017 season, but the next day arrived at camp and told Doug Marrone the head coach that he chose to retire.