Jaguars end Branden Albert saga by releasing the veteran

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

The Jacksonville Jaguars released Branden Albert on Friday, just four days after the two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle informed the team that he had changed his mind about retiring.

Rather than welcome Albert back to training camp, Jacksonville shifted him to the reserve/retired list.

The 32-year-old Albert abruptly retired on July 31, releasing a statement through the club in which he said he aimed to return to Miami to pursue his business interests.

Jacksonville acquired the veteran blocker from the Miami Dolphins for the low price of a 2018 seventh-round pick.

On July 31, Albert announced his retirement from the National Football League in a statement released through the Jaguars' official website.

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The Jaguars traded a seventh-round pick to the Dolphins for Albert this offseason, but he did not show up for off-season practices, as he was negotiating for a better contract. Albert does not participate in the voluntary practices.

Albert is free to sign with any team. The team declined to respond publicly at the time.

The move means the Jaguars no longer retain their rights to Albert. They also are likely to have salary cap money rebated to them as a result of the retirement and eventual release.

Prior to his retirement, Albert was expected to compete with Jaguars rookie Cam Robinson for the starting left tackle job.

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