The soap opera of the Jaguars acquiring former Pro Bowl LT Branden Albert this off season took a dramatic and unexpected turn, when Albert abruptly retired after nine season.
The team broke the news on their official site on Monday morning:
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) July 31, 2017
Albert, 32, was traded to the Jaguars on March 9, 2017 from the Miami Dolphins this off-season. But, as we wrote at the time, it was bizarre, because Albert and his agent thought he was being released and would be able to choose his new team. Instead, it ended up being a trade to North Florida.
Albert was also a no-show during Jaguar OTAs, which fueled speculation that he was unhappy with the situation and looking for a way out. He eventually did show up and participate in mandatory mini-camp in June. He was slated to make $8.8 million this season.
Albert was drafted in 2008 by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 15th overall pick. After six seasons with the organization, he signed a five-year contract with the Dolphins in 2014. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013 with Kansas City and in 2015 as a part of the Dolphins.
When the organization brought Albert in, they found an experienced left tackle, who had started in 118 of 120 games he played. He was expected to compete for the starting left tackle position with Cam Robinson, the Jaguars rookie second round selection out of Alabama.
Now, the job would apparently be Robinson’s by default.