Branden Albert retires at 32

AP

Cam Robinson, you’re up.

The former Alabama tackle likely will be groomed to become the new left tackle in Jacksonville, given the abrupt retirement of 32-year-old veteran Branden Albert.

“After nine seasons playing in the National Football League, I have decided to retire from the game that has given me so much,” Albert said in a team-issued release. “God has blessed me with so much through football that I thought would never be attainable. It’s been truly a blessing. I cherish all of the relationships and people I have encountered while playing in the NFL. . . .

“This is such a special league and it’s been an honor and a privilege to play this sport professionally for the past nine years. I wish Coach Marrone and my Jacksonville teammates the best of luck on their journey this season. 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. I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call home, and running my businesses, while giving back to the community.”

The Dolphins traded Albert to Jacksonville in lieu of cutting him, and Albert promptly boycotted the offseason program in search of a new deal. He was due to make $8.875 million in 2017.

Retirement allows the Jaguars to seek up to $3.4 million in bonus money paid by the Dolphins to Albert, since the Jaguars inherited his contract via the trade. It may seem unfair, but that’s precisely what the Buccaneers did after trading for quarterback Jake Plummer, who retired in lieu of reporting.

It’s entirely possible that the Jaguars had told Albert that they wouldn’t be paying him $8.875 million this year based on what they’d seem from him, that he refused to take less, and that he retired in lieu of being cut, with the team agreeing not to recover the bonus money if he walks away voluntarily.

Regardless, Albert has now retired, which will prompt many in the media to assume he did so for health reasons, ignoring the reality that if he’d gotten the kind of raise he was looking for earlier this year, he’d likely still be playing.

35 responses to “Branden Albert retires at 32

  1. I wonder if it’s any coincidence this came out after Bortles threw five INTs in practice. He probably realized that in spite of everything, they are going nowhere with Bortles, the one-man-turnover-machine.

  2. …ignoring the reality that if he’d gotten the kind of raise he was looking for earlier this year, he’d likely still be playing.

    You make an interesting point there but I can’t ever understand how two hypothetical stipulations create a reality. It’s the kind of (non)logic you hear from many fans: “IF they gave the ball to Lynch instead he WOULD have scored a TD and that’s a fact!”. Sorry but it isn’t.

  3. “Retirement allows the Jaguars to seek up to $3.4 million in bonus money paid by the Dolphins to Albert, since the Jaguars inherited his contract via the trade. It may seem unfair”

    No its not unfair. They invested time and energy in Albert and counted on him to be a starter. Now they are left just week before the regular season without a starting left tackle and its far to late to find another good player to fill that position.

    Albert screwed them and they should be able to recover something for the problem he’s caused.

  4. Wow, Jags GM Dave Caldwell, great job !!!

    You get rid of a functional LT and replace him with a guy who ends up retiring before the season and with a rookie on the most important position on the O Line.
    Seriously, how does this moron keep his job ?? Let’s pray that Cam comes up to speed quickly and stays healthy !!

  5. It’s entirely possible that the Jaguars had told Albert that they wouldn’t be paying him $8.875 million this year based on what they’d seem from him, that he refused to take less, and that he retired in lieu of being cut, with the team agreeing not to recover the bonus money if he walks away voluntarily.

    I’m trying to figure out why the Jags would do this. They had a right to recover the bonus money if he retired but not if he gets cut. The Jags could have done this to be nice to the guy and it was probably the right thing to do. So what difference does it make if they cut him or if he retires? I’d be willing to bet they told him they were going to cut him after refusing a pay cut and he asked if he could retire instead of being cut.

  6. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:12 AM
    “Retirement allows the Jaguars to seek up to $3.4 million in bonus money paid by the Dolphins to Albert, since the Jaguars inherited his contract via the trade. It may seem unfair”

    No its not unfair. They invested time and energy in Albert and counted on him to be a starter. Now they are left just week before the regular season without a starting left tackle and its far to late to find another good player to fill that position.
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    A week before the regular season? Something wrong with your calendar there.

  7. jags2daship says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:31 AM
    What a loser!!! Dont let the door smack your fat lazy out of shape butt on the way out.

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    i am not even sure how this guy had a career
    to age 32

    kc never admitted he was essentially a bust and
    then miami stupidly took him on after the jake
    long disaster

  8. “It’s entirely possible that the Jaguars had told Albert that they wouldn’t be paying him $8.875 million this year based on what they’d seem from him, that he refused to take less, and that he retired in lieu of being cut, with the team agreeing not to recover the bonus money if he walks away voluntarily.”

    Hmmm.. if he was a long time vet of the team, then I could see this. But it doesn’t make sense in this situation. What does Jax owe Albert? Nothing. If they cut him, or he retires, the money hits the books similarly. Nonsensical.

    If anything, they recover the money as it comes off their salary cap penalty, I believe. (The NFL salary cap is always fuzzy math though, so there could be a loophole I don’t know about)

    Either way, if Julius Thomas has a big year next year, we’ll be hearing about this retirement a lot. Makes me wonder if teams should have a “retirement clause” in a trade deal…

  9. scmems07 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 10:59 AM
    I’m going to go out on a limb and say Miami got the better of that trade.

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    miami acquired fat albert originally

  10. finnymcphin says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:33 AM
    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:12 AM
    “Retirement allows the Jaguars to seek up to $3.4 million in bonus money paid by the Dolphins to Albert, since the Jaguars inherited his contract via the trade. It may seem unfair”

    “No its not unfair. They invested time and energy in Albert and counted on him to be a starter. Now they are left just week before the regular season without a starting left tackle and its far to late to find another good player to fill that position.”
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    “A week before the regular season? Something wrong with your calendar there.”

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    There is an obvious (s) missing from the end of week.

  11. tylawspick6

    i am not even sure how this guy had a career
    to age 32

    kc never admitted he was essentially a bust and
    then miami stupidly took him on after the jake
    long disaster
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    You must be new to this whole “trolling” phenomenon because you’re not very good at it.

  12. I’m laughing at all the guys saying that Albert sucked.

    Nine seasons {average length of NFL career is 4}
    Two Pro Bowls {think of how many LTs there are}
    Played 120 games, started 118

    Just looking at those numbers, that’s a damn fine career

  13. Technical Editing says:
    Jul 31, 2017 12:23 PM

    Does Barry Church still think they’ve got more talent than Dallas?

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    Barry Church misspoke. He meant to say they have more available money than Dallas.

  14. I’m laughing at all the guys saying that Albert sucked.

    Nine seasons {average length of NFL career is 4}
    Two Pro Bowls {think of how many LTs there are}
    Played 120 games, started 118
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    If you take a guard in the 1st round, you’re hoping for Steve Hutchinson… Albert was solid player, but every year in the Draft quality interior lineman are snagged in the mid-low rounds.

  15. “which will prompt many in the media to assume he did so for health reasons…”
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    Well, since the media has proclaimed 99% of football players over the age of 13 have CTE, you might as well play as long as you can and earn some money for your heirs.

  16. Supposedly Coughlin and Marrone are running a pretty intense camp. Add in the fact that he didn’t want to be there anyway, and that he thinks 8.875 million isn’t worth playing for.. then it makes sense for him to say, “Screw it.”, and retire.

  17. handsatlanta says:
    Jul 31, 2017 12:20 PM
    I’m laughing at all the guys saying that Albert sucked.

    Nine seasons {average length of NFL career is 4}
    Two Pro Bowls {think of how many LTs there are}
    Played 120 games, started 118

    Just looking at those numbers, that’s a damn fine career
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    Played 120 games, started 118 and missed 24 because of injury. Was only healthy for one full season. He was “injured” for 17% of his career.

  18. Branden Albert was a really good player for Miami. Beat reporters cited that he would have been team MVP in 2014 had that freak accident where a player landed on the back of his leg ending his season not had happened.

    Jags fans are calling him out of shape and that he had a mediocre career but he was a mid-first round offensive line that made the pro bowl a few times for two different teams.

    I think Jag fans are just mad that we traded the player they thought would help their team last year for a sack of potatos this season.

  19. He panned out to be an above average LT but never lived up to his draft position. But its not his fault he was drafted to high.

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