Jaguars’ Branden Albert Announces Retirement

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Branden Albert clearly wanted nothing to do with playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Albert, who was traded to the Jags from the Miami Dolphins for a 2018 seventh-round pick, had two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed with the Dolphins back in 2014.

Albert, 32, skipped the Jaguars’ offseason conditioning program and organized team activities in search of a new contract but Jacksonville general manager David Caldwell said the team was not reworking Albert’s deal.

“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,” Albert said in a statement released by the team. “I wish Coach [Doug] 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.”

Due to a rash of injuries over the years, Albert hasn’t played a full season since 2011 when he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call ‘home,’ and running my businesses, while giving back to the community,” Albert said. “While this chapter of my life is coming to an end, my story is still going and I hope you’ll follow along.”