Albert asked to return to the team Monday, according to a person familiar with the situation. Albert sat out Jacksonville's offseason workouts but participated in three days of preseason camp before releasing a statement last Monday that said he had chose to call it a career. In theory, that's a pretty comfortable trip, as the Jags had to fly about two and a half hours into Boston and had most of the week to settle in before they play. The Dolphins were planning to release Albert before the Jaguars expressed interest in trading for him.
Branden Albert told the Jaguars he wants to play again, after retiring last week.
Albert sacrificed $8.9 million in base salary when he retired July 31, money that is guaranteed if he is on the Week 1 roster. Albert, 32, was expected to compete with rookie Cam Robinson for the team's starting left tackle role in training camp.
Jacksonville placed Albert on the exempt/left squad list 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.
While Aaron Resnick of Pro Football Focus noted Albert's PFF grade of 49.0 in an injury-marred 2016 was the worst of his career, the offensive tackle boasted a grade of at least 74.4 in each of the previous eight seasons and surpassed 80 three times. He bounced back the following year and was honored with Miami's Ed Block Courage Award.