JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars are placing offensive tackle Branden Albert on the reserve/retired list, which means the team retains its rights to Albert if he should return to the field. According to the Jags official ESPN beat writer, Mike DiRocco, it's unlikely that the Jags will take the veteran back.
On Monday, July 31, OL Branden Albert informed Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone that he was stepping away from the team. He participated in the first three practices and was in the facility working out on fourth day of camp.
At the moment it's not clear why Alert chose to walk away after nine National Football League seasons or why he has suddenly changed his mind.
The Jaguars acquired Albert in a trade with the Dolphins in March.
Albert was in a competition to start at left tackle with Cam Robinson a rookie, who Jacksonville drafted with the No. 34 pick overall.
Whether Albert will actually want to play again is anyone's guess.
After declining to comment on the situation Monday the Jaguars released the following statement on Tuesday.
With Albert's retirement, Jacksonville can recoup $US3.4 million in signing bonus money.
For Albert to play elsewhere in 2017, Jacksonville would have to waive him. He spent his first six seasons with the Chiefs and then signed a five-year, $47 million deal in free agency with the Dolphins.
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. Albert missed 20 games over the last five seasons, including seven in 2014 because of a knee injury.