Jaguars' Albert reverses course on retirement


Tom Coughlin knows a thing or two about winning.

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed left tackle Branden Albert on the reserve/retired list Tuesday, essentially ending his brief and baffling tenure with the team. Moving Albert to the reserve/retired list - essentially pressing pause on his contract - allows the Jaguars to retain his rights. That's because he's actually reporting back to training camp even after announcing his abrupt retirement from the National Football League only several days earlier.

The 32-year-old Albert surprised coach Doug Marrone last week by walking into his office and saying he planned to retire.

The former Chiefs and Dolphins offensive tackle would reportedly owe the Jaguars $3.4 million in signing-bonus forfeiture if he were to remain retired.

However, if Albert is going to have one foot in and the other out the door, simply showing up for the paycheck, Jacksonville will probably take its time while trying to ascertain if rookie Cam Robinson is a capable option on Blake Bortles' blind side.

Per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Albert met with the Jaguars over the weekend.

Basically, Albert wanted more guaranteed money since he was acquired from the Dolphins in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick in March.

Albert was set to earn a base salary of $8.875 million this upcoming season and $9.575 million in 2018. Albert did participate in the team's mandatory three-day minicamp in mid-June and reported with the rest of Jacksonville's veterans on July 26.

The breakdown: Albert will not play a regular season down for the Jaguars.