Branden Albert Now Wants To Play For Jaguars In 2017

Sheri Evans
August 9, 2017

The Jaguars, who are holding joint practices with the Patriots in New England, declined comment on the situation Monday. The Jaguars placed Albert on the exempt/left team list, which gave him a five-day window to return to the team.

Albert's contract will be paused the moment the team notifies the National Football League office.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars are placing offensive tackle Branden Albert on the reserve/retired list, which means the team retains its rights to Albert if he should return to the field.

The Jaguars acquired Albert in a trade with the Dolphins in March. He would owe Jacksonville $3.4 million in signing-bonus money if he stayed retired.

Albert was due base salaries of $8.875 million in 2017 and $9.575 million in 2018. At the time, he released a statement via the team where he wished the Jaguars luck and looked forward to going back to Miami where he would pursue business interests.

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In mid-June Albert did not take part in a mandatory minicamp of three days held by the team, but reported with the other veterans for Jacksonville to training camp July 26.

The Dolphins replaced Albert at left tackle with 2016 first-round pick Laremy Tunsil, who played left tackle during his collegiate career at Ole Miss, but manned the left guard spot as a rookie last season.

Albert, 32, has earned two trips to the Pro Bowl and remains one of the better pass-protecting left tackles in the NFL.

By July 31, Albert informed coach Doug Marrone he was retiring.

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

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