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Brandon Albert changed the idea of retirement and wanted to return to the Jaguar

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Offensive tackle Branden Albert has changed his mind about retiring.

After a one-week retirement, Albert has told the Jacksonville Jaguars that he wants to return to the team, but a league source said the Jags are unlikely to allow him to do so.

The Jaguars are currently in Foxborough, Massachusetts, for two days of joint practices with the New England Patriots, and a team spokesman said the Jaguars would not comment on the situation.

SiriusXM’s Adam Caplan first reported the news of Albert’s plan to return.
Albert abruptly retired on July 31 just three days into training camp, releasing a statement through the team in which he wished the organization luck and said he looked forward to returning home to Miami to pursue his business interests. He notified the Jaguars on Monday that he wanted to come back.

The Jaguars traded their 2018 seventh-round draft pick to Miami in March for the 32-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler. The Dolphins gave Albert an $8.5 million signing bonus in 2014, and when he retired the Jaguars had the option of pursuing $3.4 million of that pro-rated bonus money even though they had not paid him because they inherited his contract, a league source said.

Albert had two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed with Miami in 2014. He was due a base salary of $8.875 million in 2017 and $9.575 million in 2018, though none of that money was guaranteed.

Albert skipped all of the Jaguars’ offseason conditioning program and organized team activities because he wanted a new contract, but general manager Dave Caldwell said in April the team was not reworking Albert’s deal. Albert did participate in the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp in mid-June and reported with the rest of Jacksonville’s veterans on July 26.

Albert was competing to be the starting left tackle with rookie Cam Robinson, whom the Jaguars drafted with the 34th overall pick. Albert worked with the first-team offense on the first day of camp but Robinson took reps there in the next two practices. 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.

The veteran lineman returned to the facility the next morning and told head coach Doug Marrone he was retiring.

Albert hasn’t played a full season since 2011 when he was with Kansas City, who drafted him 15th overall in 2008. Albert has missed 20 games over the past five seasons, including four last season with the Dolphins.

Jaguars sign TE Mychal Rivera

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jaguars found a replacement for Julius Thomas in former Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera. The team announced his signing Wednesday afternoon.

Rivera fills the spot of the move tight end, which is the role Thomas had with the Jaguars the past two seasons. Marcedes Lewis is entering his 12th season with the Jaguars and is now more of a blocking tight end. He hasn’t caught more than 25 passes in a season since 2012.

Rivera, 26, was the second of three sixth-round draft picks by the Raiders in 2013, after running back Latavius Murray but before defensive tackle Stacy McGee. He flashed at times in Oakland, despite being slightly undersized for a tight end at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds.

He caught four touchdown passes in each of his first two seasons, peaking in 2014 with 58 catches for 534 yards in 16 games (10 starts), but has been caught in a numbers game since, with the arrivals of Lee Smith, Clive Walford and Gabe Holmes.

Still, Rivera, who had a base salary of $1.671 million last year, had the trust of quarterback Derek Carr deeper down the field last season as his 10.7 yards per catch average equaled a career high. He also showed he could be a safety valve for rookie quarterback Connor Cook in the Raiders’ playoff loss at Houston with four catches for 31 yards.

Last season he played in a career-low 13 games, starting a career-low two, and his 18 catches for 192 yards were also career lows, while his one touchdown equaled a career worst. He was purportedly on the trading block in training camp.

Rivera, whose sister is actress Naya Rivera from “Glee,” averaged 1.10 yards receiving per route run, which was 65th out of 133 tight ends in the league, per Pro Football Focus.