Jaguars unlikely to allow Branden Albert to return

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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.

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