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.
Albert was set to earn a base salary of $8.875 million this upcoming season and $9.575 million in 2018.
It might not be as easy as Albert jumping back in at left tackle.
Jacksonville placed Albert on the exempt/left squad list last week.
Albert announced July 31 he was hanging up his cleats with the intention of "furthering and finishing" his education, but the 32-year-old met with Jaguars officials over the weekend about his plans to come out of retirement. "I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call 'home, ' and running my businesses, while giving back to the community".
Since Albert's retirement announcement, the Jaguars have used Josh Wells and rookie second-round pick Cam Robinson at left tackle.
Branden Albert told the Jaguars he wants to play again, after retiring last week. The two-time Pro Bowler was acquired in March to beef up an unsteady offensive line but has mostly made news for not showing up at various points along the way.
When asked by a reporter (who seemed equally clueless) about how he's adjusting to the time change while his team takes part in joint practices with the Patriots, Bortles responded with a baffling statement.
Two more days of putting in work before the Patriots and the Jaguars preseason opener on Thursday.