Jacksonville Jaguars Release Tackle Branden Albert

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The Jacksonville Jaguars closed the book on what has been an ugly saga involving veteran left tackle Branden Albert.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Jags, who sent a conditional seventh-round pick to Miami for Albert in February, have released the 32-year-old tackle on Friday.

Albert didn’t take his departure from Miami well and didn’t communicate with Jags’ officials for weeks after the trad was completed.

Albert wanted a new contract and then reported to the team. After a few days of camp Albert decided to retire, only to change his mind days later.

The Jaguars placed Albert on the retired/reserved list and then released him on Friday.

Jacksonville can not go after Albert’s $3.45 million signing bonus that was paid by Miami and may still forfeit the draft pick if Albert signs and plays with another team this season.

Maybe Albert will call up the Dolphins and talk about a reunion but it’s more likely he wil have to try catching on with another team.