Jaguars unlikely to let OT Branden Albert return

After abruptly retiring last week, ex-Dolphins LT Branden Albert reverses course, ask Jags to return

After abruptly retiring last week, ex-Dolphins LT Branden Albert reverses course, ask Jags to return

Albert announced his retirement last week after only five days in training camp.

According to ESPN, Jacksonville is "unlikely to allow him to" return to the team after the two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle chose to end his brief retirement.

The Jaguars will play their first preseason game on Thursday against the New England Patriots. Albert worked with the first-team offense on the first day of camp, but Robinson practiced with the first-team offense in the next two practices.

Question: How surprised was Coughlin that Albert retired in the first place and then wanted to come back? Plus there are several issues at hand if they allow Albert to return only to later cut or trade him. Because the Dolphins gave Albert an $8.5 million signing bonus in 2014, Jacksonville had the option of trying to get Albert to pay back a $3.4 million portion of the bonus after he retired before playing out the entire deal.

Albert hasn't played a full season since 2011 when he was with Kansas City, who selected him 15th overall in 2008.

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

Jacksonville did make the prudent business decision and placed Albert on the reserve/retired list, which basically means the organization retains its contractual rights to Albert.

The Jaguars will likely start rookie Cam Robinson at left tackle.

Albert, 32, had wanted a new contract since the Jaguars acquired him from Miami in March in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick.

Albert was set to earn a base salary of $8.875 million this upcoming season and $9.575 million in 2018. He has missed 20 games in the last five seasons, including four previous year.

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