The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially released veteran offensive tackle Branden Albert from the team’s reserved/retired list.
We have signed RB Jonathan Grimes and waived/injured RB Tyler Gaffney.
We also released OL Branden Albert from the reserve/retired list. pic.twitter.com/SGcn9z2cgN
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) August 11, 2017
The Jaguars acquired the two-time Pro Bowl tackle through a trade with the Miami Dolphins in March, but Albert announced his retirement from the NFL after the first three days of training camp.
Albert, 32, then reportedly informed the team a week later that he wanted to play for the Jaguars in 2017. It’s unclear why Albert wanted to unretire just a week after his announcement, but some have speculated that the $3.4 million he would owe the Jaguars in signing-bonus forfeiture played a factor in the decision.
The Jaguars can no longer pursue Albert’s $3.4 million signing bonus following his release, but retain their 2018 seventh-round draft selection should Albert not play three games for another franchise in 2017, according to NFL Network’s Kevin Patra.
The 6-foot-5, 314-pound offensive tackle is sure to garner interest on the free agent market, but it will be interesting to see whether the nine-year veteran pursues a return to the NFL following his release.
Albert started 118 games for the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2013 and 2015.