It appears that the Miami Dolphins might be able to salvage the conditional 2018 seventh-round draft pick that they received from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for Branden Albert. In a strange turn of events, it looks like the 32-year-old left tackle is planning to end his incredibly brief retirement.
ESPN's Adam Caplan reported the shift Albert's intentions Monday evening.
In a bit of a surprise, veteran OT Branden Albert has informed #Jaguars he's going to report to team, source said.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 8, 2017
If Albert manages to rejoin the Jaguars for at least three regular season games - the Dolphins will receive Jacksonville's 2018 seventh-round draft choice.
Before being traded to Jacksonville in March, Albert started in 35 games over his three-year stint in Miami. Upon his return to the Jaguars, he will likely find himself competing with rookie lineman Cam Robinson for the starting left tackle spot.
The Jaguars have to make a decision on what they want to do with Albert, either let him report or cut him and allow him to be a free agent. If they choose to cut him, the $3.4 million bonus that they paid Albert when he was initially traded to Jacksonville and is now owed back to the Jaguars is Albert’s to keep. They could use the offensive line help, but is it enough of a need to allow a player to leave camp then come back, retiring and then un-retiring?