Last week, Jaguars offensive tackle Branden Albert surprisingly retired from the NFL. He had a rocky start with Jacksonville, failing to show up for any organized team activities and retiring just days into training camp.
That retirement turned out to be short-lived as ESPN’s Adam Caplan has announced that Albert will return to the Jaguars, where he will make $8.85 million this season.
In a bit of a surprise, veteran OT Branden Albert has informed #Jaguars he’s going to report to team, source said.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 8, 2017
Albert returning is good news for the Jaguars, unless, of course, he decides to retire again. Albert allowed just 29 pressures and three sacks for Miami last season and was acquired for Julius Thomas and the Jaguars seventh-round draft pick in 2018. In Albert’s absence, rookie Cam Robinson was slated to start on the blind side, but Robinson is an extremely raw prospect who has a skillset similar to the Giants Ereck Flowers.
UPDATE: It appears that Albert’s decision was financially motivated. If Albert had remained retired, he reportedly would owe the Jaguars $3.4 million in signing bonus money he received after Jacksonville acquired him. ESPN’s Mike DiRocco is also reporting that Jacksonville is unlikely to allow Albert to return to the organization.