Jaguars say left tackle Branden Albert will not return to team

After abruptly retiring last week, ex-Dolphins LT Branden Albert reverses course, ask Jags to return

Instead, when Albert retired a week ago, it came with an official statement of thanks to each organization he'd ever played for, including the Jags.

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.

Placing Albert on the reserve/retired list means his contract is paused, and the Jaguars retain his rights. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the Jaguars had the option to seek a prorated portion (about $3.4 million) of Albert's $8.5 million signing bonus even though Miami paid it in 2014.

Albert, 32, has a base salary of $8.875 million for this season. To that end, Albert skipped voluntary offseason work, but general manger Dave Caldwell never wavered in refusing to rework Albert's deal.

SiriusXM's Adam Caplan first reported the news of Albert's plan to return.

The veteran lineman returned to the facility the next morning and told head coach Doug Marrone he was retiring.

Ultimately Albert did show for the mandatory minicamp and (later) the start of training camp on July 26 before deciding to walk away after three practices.

Per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Albert met with the Jaguars over the weekend.

When Albert retired, it was made apparent that he might owe a significant amount of money back to the team he'd abandoned.

Ultimately, though, if push comes to shove, Albert will likely be released before ever playing a down for the Jaguars.

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