Jaguars unlikely to allow Branden Albert to return


The retirement of Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Branden Albert lasted a week. Albert has walked out on the team a couple of times since he was acquired from the Dolphins back in March. After being traded to Jacksonville from the Dolphins in March, Albert sought and didn't get a new contract from the Jags, so after three days of training camp, he retired before ever playing a down. The Jaguars absolutely have enough money to keep him, but I think most people could understand any hesitancy for the team to do that.

Albert was competing to be the starting left tackle with rookie Cam Robinson, whom the Jaguars drafted with the 34th overall pick.

Albert skipped all of the Jaguars' offseason conditioning program and organized team activities because he wanted a new contract, but general manager Dave Caldwell said in April the team was not reworking Albert's deal.

Whether Albert will actually want to play again is anyone's guess. Had he stayed retired, the Jaguars would own the right to recoup $3.4 million of his signing bonus.

The Jaguars are now preparing for the preseason opener in Foxborough, Massachusetts against the New England Patriots, which will take place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, the Jaguars placed Albert on the reserve/retired list. He is also subject to fines of up for the days he was away from the team. He was due a base salary of $8.875 million in 2017 and $9.575 million in 2018, though none of that money was guaranteed.

Albert, a first-round pick in 2008, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

But the bigger reason for not allowing Albert to return goes to the culture and atmosphere that executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone are trying to establish.