Jaguars retain rights to Branden Albert should he play again


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

"Reserve/retired. That's it", Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin said. "There's nothing really to say".

As most are aware, ESPN's Adam Caplan recently reported that former Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Branden Albert will be un-retiring and reporting back to the team, however, it appears one of his comrades seems to feel differently.

The Jaguars say the move came four days after Albert approached officials "about the opportunity to return to the National Football League at a later date".

Albert was short on leverage and options, so on Monday he reportedly agreed to go on the team's reserve/retired list.

Instead, when Albert retired a week ago, it came with an official statement of thanks to each organization he'd ever played for, including the Jags.

Albert asked to return to the team Monday, according to multiple reports. If he cleared waivers, he would become a free agent.

Under his current deal, Albert's only real guarantee this season was the $8.875 million base salary he was set to make, which would have been fully guaranteed as a vested veteran once Albert crossed the threshold of being on the Jaguars' 53-man roster for Week 1, something that was basically a fait accompli before the retirement talk started.

Miami basically traded Albert to Jacksonville for tight end Julius Thomas on March 9, and the teams exchanged late-round draft picks.

The Dolphins replaced Albert at left tackle with 2016 first-round pick Laremy Tunsil, who played left tackle during his collegiate career at Ole Miss, but manned the left guard spot as a rookie last season. "He's had some good, some bad, but he's improving as a result of that".