JAGUARS Al­bert re­tires

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NFL / MOTOR SPORTS -

JACK­SONVILLE, Fla. — Jack­sonville Jaguars left tackle Bran­den Al­bert abruptly re­tired Mon­day, end­ing his NFL ca­reer af­ter nine sea­sons and two Pro Bowls.

Al­bert called it quits af­ter three train­ing camp prac­tices and a brief dis­cus­sion with Jaguars Coach Doug Mar­rone.

“He came in and told me that he was talk­ing about re­tire­ment,” Mar­rone said. “And then my mind goes on to the next thing, like, ‘OK, we’ve got to get ready for prac­tice.’ ”

Al­bert is the fifth NFL player to re­tire in the past week, fol­low­ing New Eng­land de­fen­sive end Rob Ninkovich, Bal­ti­more of­fen­sive line­man John Urschel, New Eng­land re­ceiver An­drew Hawkins and Den­ver safety David Bru­ton Jr.

The Jaguars ac­quired Al­bert, 32, in a trade with the Mi­ami Dol­phins in March, giv­ing up a sev­enth-round draft pick in 2018 that Jack­sonville now gets back be­cause Al­bert failed to be on the 53-man ros­ter for at least three reg­u­lar-sea­son games.

Al­bert skipped most of Jack­sonville’s off­sea­son pro­gram be­cause he wanted a new con­tract. He was sched­uled to make $8.8 mil­lion in 2017 and $9.5 mil­lion in 2018.

He re­ported for train­ing camp last week and spent the first three days of prac­tice split­ting first-team rep­e­ti­tions with rookie Cam Robin­son, a sec­ond-round draft pick from Alabama who now likely will get the job by de­fault.

Al­bert played in col­lege at Vir­ginia and was the 15th over­all pick by Kansas City in 2008. He spent his first six sea­sons with the Chiefs and then signed a fiveyear, $47 mil­lion deal with the Dol­phins in 2014. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2015. Al­bert started 118 of 120 ca­reer games.

Al­bert missed 20 games over the last five sea­sons, in­clud­ing seven in 2014 be­cause of a knee in­jury. Al­bert bounced back the next year and was hon­ored with Mi­ami’s Ed Block Courage Award.

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