It has been quite the saga between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Branden Albert. After a week that saw Albert retire, then a few days later un-retire, and the Jags place him in the reserve/retired list, Jacksonville decided Friday afternoon to release the Pro Bowl left tackle.
We have signed RB Jonathan Grimes and waived/injured RB Tyler Gaffney.
We also released OL Branden Albert from the reserve/retired list. pic.twitter.com/SGcn9z2cgN
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) August 11, 2017
Albert was traded to Jacksonville in early March from Miami for a conditional 2018 seventh-round pick. However, if Albert does sign and play at least three regular season games with another team the Jags could still forfeit their pick to the Dolphins, as the trade would be fulfilled.
Though the trade occurred in March, Albert did not attend the voluntary minicamp or OTAs. He did however show up for first day of training camp amid reports of him looking for a new contract from Jacksonville. He was scheduled to make $8.9 million this season.
When Albert retired, the Jags were reportedly chasing a prorated amount of the $8.5 mil signing bonus that Miami gave him (around $3.4mil) . It’s not confirmed, if that was the official reason for Albert’s return, but one can speculate. And the narrative seems to fit.
The contract situation is still puzzling, though. It is unclear if/when Albert signs with another team he will earn the $8.9 mil base salary from his five-year deal from Miami and then, he will get to “double dip.” That would mean he makes the $8.9 mil on top of the money from the new contract he could receive from whatever team picks him up.
One thing that is guaranteed is that Albert can receive his full $8.9 mil from this season once he clears waivers, which he can only do once in his career.
The good news for Jacksonville is rookie Cam Robinson looked solid in his preseason debut with the team. If he continues to perform, the Jags will have no issue looking past the saga that was Branden Albert.