Ex-Dolphin Branden Albert abruptly retires from NFL – Miami Dolphins News

Ex-Dolphin Branden Albert abruptly retires from NFL – Miami Dolphins News

Branden Albert’s stay with the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t last long.

The former Miami Dolphins left tackle, who was traded to the Jaguars in March, announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday after just three days of training camp.

“I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call ‘home,’ and running my businesses while giving back tot he community,’’ Albert said in a statement. “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.

“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.”

Albert, 32, played nine seasons in the NFL after the Kansas City Chiefs drafted him 15th overall in 2008. He spent six seasons with the Chiefs before signing a five-year contract for $47 million with the Dolphins in 2014.

Miami traded him to Jacksonville for tight end Julius Thomas on March 9. The Dolphins were planning to release Albert before the Jaguars expressed interest in trading for him.

The Dolphins replaced Albert at left tackle with 2016 top pick Laremy Tunsil.

“My tenure in Miami, I served my purpose. I was brought here to help change the culture and I believe I did that,” Albert said after the trade. “Now the team is on a winning path and I leave my mark on the people I was supposed to…

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