Jaguars aren't interested in Branden Albert's games

Beth Cruz
August 9, 2017

Albert initially announced his retirement on July 31 following three practices in training camp.

After declining to comment on the situation Monday the Jaguars released the following statement on Tuesday.

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

Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Branden Albert has apparently changed his mind about retiring. The Dolphins signed Albert in 2014 giving him a signing bonus of $8.5 million.

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.

Albert was set to earn a base salary of $8.875 million this upcoming season and $9.575 million in 2018. Albert has walked out on the team a few times since he was acquired from the Dolphins back in March. noted that Albert's decision meant he would owe the Jaguars $3.4 million in "signing-bonus forfeiture". He did not participate in the Jaguars' voluntary offseason conditioning program and organized team activities because he wanted a contract that included guaranteed money. Albert worked with the first-team offense on the first day of camp but Robinson took reps there in the next two practices.

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.

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

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

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