Jaguars aren't letting Branden Albert return after retirement

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"During my short stint in Jacksonville, I quickly realized that they are working incredibly hard to turn the corner and I truly believe that they will find success in the coming years", Albert said via an email from the Jaguars when he announced his retirement July 31. Albert quit after three training camp practices.

According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Jacksonville could lose the draft pick if they cannot recoup Albert's signing bonus if he does not return to the team. The Dolphins were planning to release Albert before the Jaguars expressed interest in trading for him.

Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone discussed Albert's potential impact on the offensive front following the trade, per John Oehser of the team's official website: "Brandon is an experienced left tackle". After the 2015 season, Albert was chosen to play in the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career. AP reporter Mark Long tweeted he'd be "shocked" if the Jaguars took Albert back after his unusual and surprising retirement last week.

Branden Albert told the Jaguars he wants to play again, after retiring last week.

Jacksonville has been in New England the past couple of days for joint practices with the Patriots before Thursday's first preseason game.

Albert was the 15th overall pick by Kansas City in 2008. But if Albert isn't really into playing anymore, or isn't in good shape, is he that big of a help?

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