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Branden Albert Reportedly Will Report to Jaguars After Previously Retiring

Jaguars aren't letting Branden Albert return after retirement

Albert announced July 31 he was hanging up his cleats with the intention of "furthering and finishing" his education, but the 32-year-old met with Jaguars officials over the weekend about his plans to come out of retirement.

Miami basically traded Albert to Jacksonville for tight end Julius Thomas on March 9, and the teams exchanged late-round draft picks.

"I just told them when we're not on the field, watch how their defense practices, watch what they do, watch how they run to the ball and everything with their technique", Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye told Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

It's equally unclear why Albert wants to return.

The last time the Jaguars had a winning record was in 2007, when they went 11-5 and defeated the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card round. The Jaguars had the right to recoup $3.4 million in signing bonus money after he retired, and that might drive any man to come back to work.

Garafolo also tweeted, Albert did not travel with the Jaguars to New England for the team's joint practice with the Patriots and preseason opener on Thursday night. He is also subject to fines of up for the days he was away from the team.

Albert was the 15th overall pick by Kansas City in 2008.

Albert played three seasons for the Dolphins from 2014-2016 after signing a five-year, $47 million contract at the time. He bounced back the following year and was honored with Miami's Ed Block Courage Award.