Jaguars' Albert reverses course on retirement

Thursday, 10 Aug, 2017

Veteran offensive tackle Branden Albert decided after a week that retirement wasn't for him, so he told the Jacksonville Jaguars he wants to play again.

"During my short stint in Jacksonville, I quickly realized that they are working incredibly hard to turn the corner and I truly believe that they will find success in the coming years", Albert said via an email from the Jaguars when he announced his retirement July 31. The AP reported the 32-year-old Albert "looked out of shape and past his prime" early in camp. Did he realize he was far from a lock to beat out second-round draft pick Cam Robinson? The Jaguars had the right to recoup $3.4 million in signing bonus money after he retired, and that might drive any man to come back to work.

The last time the Jaguars had a winning record was in 2007, when they went 11-5 and defeated the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card round. He had five days to return to the team before going on the reserve/retired list or being released.

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The Jaguars, who are holding joint practices with the Patriots in New England, declined to comment on the situation Monday. Albert has walked out on the team a couple of times since he was acquired from the Dolphins back in March.

Albert was set to earn a base salary of $8.875 million this upcoming season and $9.575 million in 2018.

Albert was selected to two Pro Bowls for the Kansas City Chiefs and Dolphins and could provide a needed boost along the line for Jacksonville.