Branden Albert wants to return to Jaguars

Branden Albert wants to return to Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed left tackle Branden Albert on the reserve/retired list, essentially ending his brief and baffling tenure with the team.

Branden Albert might want a reunion with the Jaguars, but the feeling may not be mutual.

Albert asked to return to the team Monday, according to a person familiar with the situation. Albert quit after three training camp practices.

The 32-year-old Albert surprised Jaguars coach Doug Marrone last week by walking into his office and saying he planned to retire.

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

The Jaguars acquired Albert from the Dolphins in March as a veteran stopgap. He did not participate in the Jaguars' voluntary offseason conditioning program and organized team activities because he wanted a contract that included guaranteed money.

This has to come as a shock to the Jaguars, who were preparing to potentially start rookie second-round pick Cam Robinson at left tackle following Albert's retirement.

Given that Albert is also scheduled to make $8.9 million in 2017, the total sum of bonus money and salary was likely too much to walk away from.

The Jaguars will play their first preseason game on Thursday against the New England Patriots. He had five days to return to the team before going on the reserve/retired list or being released.

Albert had two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed with Miami in 2014.

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

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

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