As most are aware, ESPN's Adam Caplan recently reported that former Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Branden Albert will be un-retiring and reporting back to the team, however, it appears one of his comrades seems to feel differently.
Branden Albert might want a reunion with the Jaguars, but the feeling may not be mutual. It appears Albert has changed his mind once again in a rollercoaster of an offseason that has to leave the Jags wondering.
Albert, 32, had wanted a new contract since the Jaguars acquired him from Miami in March in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick. Albert announced his retirement last week after only five days in training camp. The Jaguars placed Albert on the exempt/left team list, which gave him a five-day window to return to the team. He was due to make $9.5 million in 2018. He didn't participate in Jacksonville's optional organized team activities, though he did show up later for mandatory minicamp.
This has to come as a shock to the Jaguars, who were preparing to potentially start rookie second-round pick Cam Robinson at left tackle following Albert's retirement. The Dolphins signed Albert in 2014 giving him a signing bonus of $8.5 million. 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.
Albert hasn't played a full season since 2011 when he was with Kansas City, who selected him 15th overall in 2008.
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.