The Jacksonville Jaguars officially acquired nine-year veteran offensive tackle Branden Albert through a trade in March, but the two-time Pro Bowl tackle has decided to retire from the NFL without playing a snap for his new team.
“After nine seasons playing in the National Football League, I have decided to retire from the game that has given me so much,” Albert said, via Jacksonville’s team website. “I would like to thank Mr. Khan and the Jaguars organization, Mr. Ross, Joe Philbin, Dennis Hickey and the Dolphins organization and Mr. Hunt, Carl Peterson, Herm Edwards and the Chiefs organization for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime. GOD has blessed me with so much through football that I thought would never be attainable. It’s been truly a blessing. I cherish all of the relationships and people I have encountered while playing in the NFL!”
The Jaguars sent their 2018 seventh-round draft selection to the Miami Dolphins to land the 32-year-old offensive tackle, and Albert had been working with the first-team during the team’s first three days of training camp.
Albert’s decision to retire will thrust rookie offensive tackle Cam Robinson into the starting left tackle role.
Jacksonville’s front office clearly made improving the team’s ground game this offseason a priority, but now will likely rely on the 6-foot-6, 322-pound rookie to fill a huge hole on the offensive line. The Jaguars selected Robinson with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
“This is such a special league and it’s been an honor and a privilege to play this sport professionally for the past nine years,” Albert said. “I wish Coach Marrone and my Jacksonville teammates the best of luck on their journey this season. During my short stint in Jacksonville, I quickly realized that they are working incredibly hard to turn the corner and I truly believe that they will find success in the coming years. I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call ‘home,’ and running my businesses, while giving back to the community. While this chapter of my life is coming to an end, my story is still going and I hope you’ll follow along. I will be furthering and finishing my education. GOD BLESS AND GODSPEED.”
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Albert in the first-round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He started in 118 games over the course of his career.
The Jaguars will get their 2018 seventh-round draft pick back from the Dolphins, as Albert had to be on Jacksonville’s roster for three games, according to Mark Long of the Associated Press.
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