Albert retiring without playing for Jaguars

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Veteran left tackle Branden Albert announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced.

The Jaguars had acquired Albert this offseason from the Miami Dolphins for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick. He had stayed away from the team’s voluntary portion of workouts because he wanted a new contract.

The Jaguars, however, said in April that they had no plans to negotiate a new deal with Albert.

His contract with the Dolphins included $26 million guaranteed, all of which was paid in 2014-16. Albert was due a base salary of $8.875 million in 2017 and $9.575 million in 2018, none of which is guaranteed.

The 32-year-old Albert, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, hasn’t played a full season since 2011 when he was with Kansas City. He has missed 20 games over the past five seasons, including four in 2016.

Albert released a statement announcing his decision.

“After nine seasons playing in the National Football League, I have decided to retire from the game that has given me so much,” Albert said. “I would like to thank Mr. Khan and the Jaguars organization, Mr. Ross, Joe Philbin, Dennis Hickey and the Dolphins organization and Mr. Hunt, Carl Peterson, Herm Edwards and the Chiefs organization for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime. GOD has blessed me with so much through football that I thought would never be attainable. It’s been truly a blessing. I cherish all of the relationships and people I have encountered while playing in the NFL! Special thanks to Al Groh and the University of Virginia for giving me the opportunity for a great education and showing faith in me when no one else wanted to take a chance on me. I am truly thankful for my UVA family.

“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. I wish Coach 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. I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call ‘home,’ and running my businesses, while giving back to the community. While this chapter of my life is coming to an end, my story is still going and I hope you’ll follow along. I will be furthering and finishing my education. GOD BLESS AND GODSPEED.”

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