Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Branden Albert has apparently changed his mind about retiring. According to the Jags official ESPN beat writer, Mike DiRocco, it's unlikely that the Jags will take the veteran back. At the time, he released a statement via the team where he wished the Jaguars luck and looked forward to going back to Miami where he would pursue business interests.
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 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.
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The Jaguars will play their first preseason game on Thursday against the New England Patriots. First, he refused to show up to OTAs or minicamp before reporting for the first day of training camp only to "retire" three days into it after he was getting his butt kicked by the Jaguars' younger linemen. He did not participate in the Jaguars' voluntary offseason conditioning program and organized team activities because he wanted a contract that included guaranteed money. With Albert out of the picture the Jaguars will likely turn to rookie Cam Robinson at left tackle.
For Albert to play elsewhere in 2017, Jacksonville would have to waive him.
The Jaguars traded their 2018 seventh-round draft pick to Miami in March for the 32-year-old two-time Pro Bowler. He spent his first six seasons with the Chiefs and then signed a five-year, $47 million deal in free agency with the Dolphins.
Albert was the 15th overall pick by Kansas City in 2008.