Jaguars retain rights to Branden Albert should he play again

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After announcing his retirement from the National Football League late last month, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Branden Albert has apparently had a change of heart.

Branden Albert has the Jaguars he is returning to the team, ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported.

It took one week for Branden Albert to figure out retirement isn't him.

The Jaguars, who are holding joint practices with the Patriots in New England, declined comment on the situation Monday. He participated in the first three practices and was in the facility working out on fourth day of camp. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because neither side has publicly discussed details about Albert's potential return.

Albert hasn't played a full season since 2011 when he was with Kansas City, who selected him 15th overall in 2008.

Given that Albert is also scheduled to make $8.9 million in 2017, the total sum of bonus money and salary was likely too much to walk away from. He skipped most of Jacksonville's offseason program because he wanted a new contract.

Miami basically traded Albert to Jacksonville for tight end Julius Thomas on March 9, and the teams exchanged late-round draft picks. Now a short time later, Albert is ready to come back, which complicates matters for a Jaguars team that was forced to move on.

On Monday, August 7, team officials met with Albert and mutually agreed to place him on the club's reserve/retired list. Albert missed 20 games over the last five seasons, including seven in 2014 because of a knee injury.

The Albert question started Coughlin's brisk five-minute session with reporters, his first group session since the final night of the NFL Draft on April 30.

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