Jacksonville Jaguars officially release Branden Albert

Jaguars offensive lineman Branden Albert arrives at practice July 28 in Jacksonville Fla

Jaguars offensive lineman Branden Albert arrives at practice July 28 in Jacksonville Fla

The Jacksonville Jaguars released offensive tackle Branden Albert on Friday, according to team insider John Oehser.

The questions/obstacles that remain are (a) how much would Albert be willing to sign for? and (b) how quickly would he be ready to contribute?

In May Albert began holding out because he reportedly wanted a new contract, the Jaguars refused to oblige and gave Robinson first team reps in practice.

The 32-year-old Albert surprised coach Doug Marrone on July 31 by walking into his office and saying he planned to retire.

Jacksonville acquired Albert in a trade with the Miami Dolphins for tight end Julius Thomas. Albert did show up to the mandatory mini camp, avoiding National Football League mandated fines.

After a two week stretch of training camp that can only be termed a disaster, the return of Albert could provide a ray of sunlight for our team from the "Sunshine State". He reported for the three-day mandatory mini-camp in June and for training camp last month before going home after one padded practice. The team declined to respond publicly at the time. In response, the Jags placed him on the reserve/retired list, and now they have released him.

August 11, the team released Albert. He was due a base salary of $8.9 million in 2017 and $9.6 million in 2018, though none of that money was guaranteed. The Jaguars will retain the draft pick because Albert did not play in three regular season games for the team.

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