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Jaguars retain rights to Branden Albert should he play again

09 August 2017

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. According to the Jags official ESPN beat writer, Mike DiRocco, it's unlikely that the Jags will take the veteran back.

Placing Albert on the reserve/retired list means his contract is paused, and the Jaguars retain his rights.

Perhaps that's why Albert, who played for the Chiefs from 2008-13, had a change of heart and met with the Jaguars on Monday about returning. Albert quit after three training camp practices. It's possible the 32-year-old overplayed his hand, as Albert had openly expressed a desire to work out a new contract with the Jags prior to retiring.

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At the moment it's not clear why Alert chose to walk away after nine National Football League seasons or why he has suddenly changed his mind.

He skipped all of the offseason conditioning programs for the Jaguars and the team's organized activities due to wanting to sign a new deal with the team. The Dolphins had planned to release Albert in February, but the Jaguars jumped the gun and traded for Albert before he could become a free agent.

Albert, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, sacrificed $8.9 million in base salary when he retired July 31, money that is guaranteed if he is on the Week 1 roster.

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For Albert to play elsewhere in 2017, Jacksonville would have to waive him. The Dolphins signed Albert in 2014 giving him a signing bonus of $8.5 million.

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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Jaguars retain rights to Branden Albert should he play again