Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Jaguars aren't interested in Branden Albert's games

Patriots hold first joint practice with Jaguars Branden Albert Reportedly Will Report to Jaguars After Previously Retiring
Vera Richards | 10 August, 2017, 00:10

Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin and quarterback Blake Bortles both addressed the media after practice, with Coughlin opting to not further discuss the situation between the team and former left tackle Branden Albert.

The 32-year-old Albert surprised coach Doug Marrone last week by telling him he planned to retire.

SiriusXM's Adam Caplan first reported the news of Albert's plan to return. Albert sat out Jacksonville's offseason workouts but participated in three days of preseason camp before releasing a statement last Monday that said he had made a decision to call it a career. Was his heart not in it any longer?

It's equally unclear why Albert wants to return. The Dolphins gave Albert an $8.5 million signing bonus in 2014, and when he retired the Jaguars had the option of pursuing $3.4 million of that pro-rated bonus money even though they had not paid him because they inherited his contract, a league source said.

Jacksonville has been in New England the past couple of days for joint practices with the Patriots before Thursday's first preseason game.

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 the 15th overall pick by Kansas City in 2008. He had five days to return to the team before going on the reserve/retired list or being released. Albert was scheduled to make $8.8 million this season and $9.5 million in 2018. He bounced back the following year and was honored with Miami's Ed Block Courage Award.

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