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Jaguars' Albert reverses course on retirement

Jaguars' Albert reverses course on retirement

Albert participated in the team's mandatory three-day minicamp in mid-June and reported for training camp with the rest of the team's veterans on July 26.

The Jaguars will play their first preseason game on Thursday against the New England Patriots.

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

Left tackle Branden Albert has apparently changed his mind about retiring, which means the Miami Dolphins might not lose the 2018 seventh-round pick they acquired for trading Albert to the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason because of his abrupt retirement.

With Albert's retirement, Jacksonville can recoup $US3.4 million in signing bonus money.

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Albert was working out in the team facility on the players' day off on July 30 and tight end Marcedes Lewis said he spoke with Albert that day and they talked about the upcoming season. Albert's contract wasn't guaranteed, but he could have made almost $9 million this upcoming season. Albert has walked out on the team a few times since he was acquired from the Dolphins back in March.

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

Judging by what has transpired, it certainly seems the world's shortest retirement was a ploy by Albert, a former two-time Pro Bowl selection who is now 32 and far closer to the finish line than the starting gun of his career.

The Jaguars will likely start rookie Cam Robinson at left tackle.

Albert helped the Dolphins rush for 1,824 yards and allowed just four sacks in 13 games past year, despite playing with a ligament tear in his wrist for the second half of the season.


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