Question: How surprised was Coughlin that Albert retired in the first place and then wanted to come back?
SiriusXM's Adam Caplan first reported the news of Albert's plan to return.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars placed left tackle Branden Albert on the reserve/retired list Tuesday, essentially ending his brief and baffling tenure with the team. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the Jaguars had the option to seek a prorated portion (about $3.4 million) of Albert's $8.5 million signing bonus even though Miami paid it in 2014. That's because he's actually reporting back to training camp even after announcing his abrupt retirement from the National Football League only several days earlier.
Under his current deal, Albert's only real guarantee this season was the $8.875 million base salary he was set to make, which would have been fully guaranteed as a vested veteran once Albert crossed the threshold of being on the Jaguars' 53-man roster for Week 1, something that was basically a fait accompli before the retirement talk started.
Basically, Albert wanted more guaranteed money since he was acquired from the Dolphins in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick in March. On Monday, team officials met with Albert. He had five days to return to the team before going on the reserve/retired list or being released. Albert, 32, was expected to compete with rookie Cam Robinson for the team's starting left tackle role in training camp. Albert was working out in the team facility on the players' day off on July 30, and tight end Marcedes Lewis said he spoke with Albert that day and they talked about the upcoming season.