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Branden Albert Now Wants To Play For Jaguars In 2017

Branden Albert Now Wants To Play For Jaguars In 2017

In an odd turn of events, Albert has told the Jaguars that he's planning to report to the team.

Albert, who was traded to Jacksonville in March, announced his retirement last Monday after just three days of training camp with Jacksonville. In theory, that's a pretty comfortable trip, as the Jags had to fly about two and a half hours into Boston and had most of the week to settle in before they play.

According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Jacksonville could lose the draft pick if they cannot recoup Albert's signing bonus if he does not return to the team.

Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin and quarterback Blake Bortles both addressed the media after practice, with Coughlin opting to not further discuss the situation between the team and former left tackle Branden Albert.

It's equally unclear why Albert wants to return.

Albert sacrificed $8.9 million in base salary when he retired July 31, money that is guaranteed if he is on the Week 1 roster. After the 2015 season, Albert was chosen to play in the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career.

Jacksonville placed Albert on the exempt/left squad list last week.

Albert was the 15th overall pick by Kansas City in 2008.

Albert helped the Dolphins rush for 1,824 yards and allowed just four sacks in 13 games a year ago, despite playing with a ligament tear in his wrist for the second half of the season.

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