Jaguars unlikely to allow Branden Albert to return


After declining to comment on the situation Monday the Jaguars released the following statement on Tuesday.

When Albert retired, it was made apparent that he might owe a significant amount of money back to the team he'd abandoned.

ESPN's Adam Caplan is reporting that Albert will indeed report to Jaguars training camp, thus ending his one-plus week of retirement.

Albert had two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed with Miami in 2014.

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Placing Albert on the reserve/retired list means his contract is paused, and the Jaguars retain his rights. Because the Dolphins gave Albert an $8.5 million signing bonus in 2014, Jacksonville had the option of trying to get Albert to pay back a $3.4 million portion of the bonus after he retired before playing out the entire deal.

The Miami Dolphins returned a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Jaguars upon his retirement. He was scheduled to make $8.8 million this season and $9.5 million in 2018.

Albert skipped most of the Jaguars' offseason program while lobbying for a new contract, and trained in South Florida. Albert did participate in the team's mandatory three-day minicamp in mid-June and reported with the rest of the team's veterans on July 26. But it seems that the Jaguars, who have 2017 second-rounder Cam Robinson ready to go at left tackle and former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin as their new head of football operations, believe that a player who can't decide whether or not he wants to play isn't worth the trouble. Albert worked with the first-team offense on the first day of camp but Robinson took reps there in the next two practices.

Albert was the 15th overall pick by Kansas City in 2008.