Former offensive tackle Branden Albert had a change of heart about retiring from the NFL.
Just one week following his announced retirement, Albert told his former team the Jacksonville Jaguars he wanted to return to play for them, but a source in the NFL said Jacksonville was not likely to allow that to happen.
Currently the Jaguars are in Massachusetts for a pair of joint practices with New England and a spokesperson for the team said Jacksonville would not make a comment related to the situation.
On July 31, Albert abruptly announced his retirement only three days into the Jaguars training camping. 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.
On Monday, he notified the team that he wished to return to play.
Jacksonville traded its 2018 seventh-round pick to Miami during March for Albert, who is 32 and twice picked to the Pro Bowl. The Dolphins signed Albert in 2014 giving him a signing bonus of $8.5 million.
When he announced his retirement, Jacksonville had an option to pursue $3.4 million of the bonus money that was pro-rated even though they were not the team that paid it but had inherited his 2014 contract, said a source with the league.
Albert had another two years left on this contract of five years he signed in 2014. He was due an $8.875 million base salary for 2017 and $9.575 million for 2018, though none was guaranteed.
He skipped all of the offseason conditioning programs for the Jaguars and the team’s organized activities due to wanting to sign a new deal with the team.
However, Dave Caldwell the team’s general manager said last April that the team would not rework the contract of Albert.
In mid-June Albert did not take part in a mandatory minicamp of three days held by the team, but reported with the other veterans for Jacksonville to training camp July 26.
Albert was in a competition to start at left tackle with Cam Robinson a rookie, who Jacksonville drafted with the No. 34 pick overall. Albert worked out with the team’s first team offense the first day of training camp, but Robinson over the next two days took reps with the first team.
On an off day July 30 Albert talked with a teammate about the upcoming 2017 season, but the next day arrived at camp and told Doug Marrone the head coach that he decided to retire.