Two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Branden Albert announced his retirement from the NFL last week but now has reportedly informed the Jacksonville Jaguars that he wants to play in 2017.
In a bit of a surprise, veteran OT Branden Albert has informed #Jaguars he’s going to report to team, source said.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 8, 2017
The Jaguars acquired the nine-year veteran through a trade with the Miami Dolphins this offseason. Albert, 32, was expected to compete with rookie Cam Robinson for the team’s starting left tackle role in training camp.
The former Chiefs and Dolphins offensive tackle would reportedly owe the Jaguars $3.4 million in signing-bonus forfeiture if he were to remain retired.
Bad news for #Jaguars LT Branden Albert: If he stays retired, he owes $3.4M back in old signing bonus to Jax — $1.7M this year, $1.7M in ‘18
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 31, 2017
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports that Albert didn’t travel with the Jaguars to New England for the team’s preseason opener, and that there are “lots moving parts” regarding Albert’s future in Jacksonville.
What I mean by moving parts: If they cut him, they can’t recoup the bonus and could lose the pick they traded Miami. Standoff right now. https://t.co/ZuOUaHONCH
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 8, 2017
Albert was set to earn a base salary of $8.875 million this upcoming season and $9.575 million in 2018.
The former first-round pick started 12 games for the Dolphins in 2016.