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Jaguars LT Branden Albert Puts Off Retirement, Wants to Return

09 August 2017, 12:29 | Kristopher Drake

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02 November 2014 Miami Dolphins Offensive Tackle Branden Albert  plays against the San Diego Chargers in Miami's 14-13 victory at Sun Life Stadium Miami Florida

The Jaguars, who are holding joint practices with the Patriots in New England, declined comment on the situation Monday.

Albert took almost all of that before intimating to the Jaguars he would like to return to the NFL.

Question: How surprised was Coughlin that Albert retired in the first place and then wanted to come back?

Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports that the Jacksonville Jaguars are not expected to allow Albert to return to the team after his one-week hiatus.

Under his current deal, Albert's only real guarantee this season was the $8.875 million base salary he was set to make, which would have been fully guaranteed as a vested veteran once Albert crossed the threshold of being on the Jaguars' 53-man roster for Week 1, something that was basically a fait accompli before the retirement talk started.

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.

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Albert skipped most of the Jaguars' offseason program while lobbying for a new contract, and trained in South Florida. He didn't participate in Jacksonville's optional organized team activities, though he did show up later for mandatory minicamp.

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 worked with the first-team offense on the first day of camp but Robinson took reps there in the next two practices.

Albert announced on July 31 that he was retiring after nine seasons in the league.

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

In just a week away from football, though, Albert seems to be missing the game.



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