Jaguars unlikely to let OT Branden Albert return

Jaguars left tackle Branden Albert retired July 31 but may be on his way back to the team

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

The Jaguars are now in Foxborough, Massachusetts, for two days of joint practices with the New England Patriots, and a team spokesman said the team would not comment on the situation.

On Friday, August 4, Albert approached the team about the opportunity to return to the National Football League at a later date.

When Albert retired, it was made apparent that he might owe a significant amount of money back to the team he'd abandoned.

However, even with Albert's change of heart, he may have trouble finding a place to play this year, as ESPN reported that the Jaguars are "unlikely" to allow him to return to the team.

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The Jaguars acquired the nine-year veteran through a trade with the Miami Dolphins this offseason. Albert's contract wasn't guaranteed, but he could have made almost $9 million this upcoming season.

His $9.575 million salary set for 2018 was far more precarious, however, and by walking away Jacksonville had the right to go after the $3.4 million in bonus money Albert got when he signed his current deal with Miami in 2014. He didn't participate in Jacksonville's optional organized team activities, though he did show up later for mandatory minicamp.

Albert, a first-round pick in 2008, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

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 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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