He was scheduled to make $8.8 million this season and $9.5 million in 2018.
The Jaguars franchise has been virtually irrelevant since, and the 2017 edition of the team is learning what they can from the Patriots to help turn their fortunes around.
But it most likely will not be for the Jaguars. The Jaguars had the right to recoup $3.4 million in signing bonus money after he retired, and that might drive any man to come back to work.
That was evident from the beginning Tuesday as the Jaguars and defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots practiced in gray, cool temperatures nothing like Northeast Florida.
Two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Branden Albert announced his retirement from the National Football League last week but now has reportedly informed the Jacksonville Jaguars that he wants to play in 2017. "I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call 'home, ' and running my businesses, while giving back to the community".
Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone discussed Albert's potential impact on the offensive front following the trade, per John Oehser of the team's official website: "Brandon is an experienced left tackle".
Branden Albert might want a reunion with the Jaguars, but the feeling is not mutual.
It's the sixth straight season the Patriots have held joint practices, but the first time the Jaguars have visited. The two teams play a preseason game Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.