Branden Albert Released by Jaguars After Coming Out of Retirement


A story that hasn't received as much attention, and could mean a great deal to the Dolphins, is tackle Branden Albert being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will go through the waiver process and will become a free agent if no team claims him.

The 32-year-old Albert surprised coach Doug Marrone on July 31 by walking into his office and saying he planned to retire.

After a two week stretch of training camp that can only be termed a disaster, the return of Albert could provide a ray of sunlight for our team from the "Sunshine State".

The Jaguars acquired Albert in a trade with the Miami Dolphins back in March.

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The Jaguars can no longer pursue Albert's $3.4 million signing bonus following his release, but retain their 2018 seventh-round draft selection should Albert not play three games for another franchise in 2017, according to NFL Network's Kevin Patra. Albert does not participate in the voluntary practices.

On July 31, Albert announced his retirement from the National Football League in a statement released through the Jaguars' official website. Rather than welcome Albert back to training camp, Jacksonville shifted him to the reserve/retired list. Since Albert did not make the roster the Jaguars will get their pick back. They also are likely to have salary cap money rebated to them as a result of the retirement and eventual release.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Albert was initially expected to compete for the starting left tackle position.