Jaguars retain rights to Branden Albert should he play again

  • Jaguars retain rights to Branden Albert should he play again

Jaguars retain rights to Branden Albert should he play again

The Jaguars keep his rights, but if Albert decides he really, truly wants to play again, they have to either pay or cut him.

According to ESPN, Jacksonville is "unlikely to allow him to" return to the team after the two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle made a decision to end his brief retirement.

The 32-year-old Albert surprised coach Doug Marrone last week by walking into his office and saying he planned to retire.

The Jaguars acquired Albert from the Miami Dolphins for a 2018 seventh-round pick in March.

Given that Albert is also scheduled to make $8.9 million in 2017, the total sum of bonus money and salary was likely too much to walk away from. He did not participate in the Jaguars' voluntary offseason conditioning program and organized team activities because he wanted a contract that included guaranteed money.

The Jaguars say the move came four days after Albert approached officials "about the opportunity to return to the National Football League at a later date". The Jaguars quickly turned to the next man up, Robinson, although the procedural move was to place the veteran on the exempt/left team list, which gave Albert a five-day window to return. Albert worked with the first-team offense on the first day of camp, but Robinson practiced with the first-team offense in the next two practices. He had five days to return to the team before going on the reserve/retired list or being released.

Albert abruptly retired on July 31 just three days into training camp, releasing a statement through the team in which he wished the organization luck and that he looked forward to returning home to Miami to pursue his business interests.

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