Branden Albert Now Wants To Play For Jaguars In 2017

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because neither side has publicly discussed details about Albert's potential return. 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.

"During my short stint in Jacksonville, I quickly realized that they are working incredibly hard to turn the corner and I truly believe that they will find success in the coming years", Albert said via an email from the Jaguars when he announced his retirement July 31.

Miami basically traded Albert to Jacksonville for tight end Julius Thomas on March 9, and the teams exchanged late-round draft picks.

Now, the Jaguars have to decide if they want him back.

The former Chiefs and Dolphins offensive tackle would reportedly owe the Jaguars $3.4 million in signing-bonus forfeiture if he were to remain retired. Albert, 32, was expected to compete with rookie Cam Robinson for the team's starting left tackle role in training camp. He had five days to return to the team before going on the reserve/retired list or being released.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are in Foxboro, Mass., for joint practices before the teams square off in their first preseason game Thursday. After the 2015 season, Albert was chosen to play in the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career. However, he struggled to stay healthy in his three years in Miami.

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