Former Dolphins tackle Branden Albert wants to return to Jaguars


Former Dolphins tackle Branden Albert wants to return to Jaguars

Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco reports the team is "unlikely" to allow LT Branden Albert to return to the organization. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because neither side has publicly discussed details about Albert's potential return.

What this means is Jacksonville will keep Albert's rights, but it seems they're not interested in bringing back the 32-year-old. Albert sat out Jacksonville's offseason workouts but participated in three days of preseason camp before releasing a statement last Monday that said he had chose to call it a career.

Albert skipped most of the Jaguars' offseason program while lobbying for a new contract, and trained in South Florida. The Dolphins were planning to release Albert before the Jaguars expressed interest in trading for him.

Since Albert's retirement announcement, the Jaguars have used Josh Wells and rookie second-round pick Cam Robinson at left tackle.

It's equally unclear why Albert wants to return.

If Albert stays retired, he would owe the Jaguars $3.4 million in signing-bonus money.

The New England Patriots held their first joint practice with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, one of the biggest storylines, receiver Brandin Cooks putting on a show for a large group of Patriot fans in attendance.

Jacksonville placed Albert on the exempt/left squad list last week. He is also subject to fines of up for the days he was away from the team.

Albert was selected to two Pro Bowls for the Kansas City Chiefs and Dolphins and could provide a needed boost along the line for Jacksonville.

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. He bounced back the following year and was honored with Miami's Ed Block Courage Award.



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