Tuesday’s NFL: Jags bid adieu to Branden Albert
Jacksonville, Fla. — The Jaguars placed left tackle Branden Albert on the reserve/retired list Tuesday, essentially ending his brief and baffling tenure with the team.
The Jaguars said in a statement they made the designation four days after Albert approached team officials “about the opportunity to return to the NFL at a later date.”
Asked about it after the team’s joint practice in Foxborough, Massachusetts, with the Patriots, executive vice president of player personnel Tom Coughlin said, “Reserve/retired.”
“That’s it,” he said. “That’s all I have to say about it. There’s nothing really to say: Reserve/retired.”
Asked again what would happen if Albert tried to come back, Coughlin said, “We’ll cross that bridge when it comes.”
Placing Albert, 32, on the reserve/retired list means his contract is paused, and the Jaguars retain his rights. Albert was scheduled to make $8.8 million this season and $9.5 million in 2018. For Albert to play elsewhere in 2017, Jacksonville would have to waive him. Other teams would then get a chance to pick up his contract. If he cleared waivers, he would become a free agent.
The Jaguars acquired Albert in a trade with the Dolphins in March.
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