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Branden Albert Wants to Un-Retire from Jacksonville Jaguars

09 August 2017, 12:26 | Nina Mathis

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02 November 2014 Miami Dolphins Offensive Tackle Branden Albert  plays against the San Diego Chargers in Miami's 14-13 victory at Sun Life Stadium Miami Florida

The Jaguars confirmed that Albert - who retired July 31 after three practices - reached out to the team last Friday and wanted to explore a return to the team. According to the Jags official ESPN beat writer, Mike DiRocco, it's unlikely that the Jags will take the veteran back. The Dolphins were planning to release Albert before the Jaguars expressed interest in trading for him. His return to the Jaguars has to be considered a boon for the struggling Blake Bortles and the rest of this team's talented offense. He participated in the first three practices and was in the facility working out on fourth day of camp.

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 made a decision to retire. That's because he's actually reporting back to training camp even after announcing his abrupt retirement from the National Football League only several days earlier.

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.

The Jaguars will likely start rookie Cam Robinson at left tackle.

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Whether Albert will actually want to play again is anyone's guess.

The Jaguars will play their first preseason game on Thursday against the New England Patriots.

Judging by what has transpired, it certainly seems the world's shortest retirement was a ploy by Albert, a former two-time Pro Bowl selection who is now 32 and far closer to the finish line than the starting gun of his career. The Dolphins signed Albert in 2014 giving him a signing bonus of $8.5 million.



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