32-year-old NFL lineman reportedly wants to unretire after abruptly leaving Jaguars training camp one week ago

Just over a week after announcing his plans to step away from football, it seems that Branden Albert has had enough of the retired life.

On July 31, three days into Jacksonville Jaguars training camp, Albert, 32, informed the organization that he was retiring and released a statement thanking his fans, teammates and coaches. Just one week later, however, the offensive tackle reached out to team executives and expressed his desire to return to the organization.

Adam Caplan of SiriusXM was the first to report the news. However, even with Albert's change of heart, he may have trouble finding a place to play this year, as ESPN reported that the Jaguars are "unlikely" to allow him to return to the team.

Albert, who's started 118 games in a nine-year career, could still provide value for the right organization. But it seems that the Jaguars, who have 2017 second-rounder Cam Robinson ready to go at left tackle and former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin as their new head of football operations, believe that a player who can't decide whether or not he wants to play isn't worth the trouble.

Branden Albert through his career
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Branden Albert through his career
ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 21: Offensive lineman Branden Albert #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after his team was stopped on fourth and goal late in the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 21, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons defeated the Chiefs 38-14. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 28: Larry Johnson #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs is lifted by teammate Branden Albert #76 after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on September 28, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 29: Branden Albert #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs on the sidelines against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 29, 2009 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 27: Branden Albert #76 and Wallace Gilberry #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs watch as a teammate is assisted after being injured against the Philadelphia Eagles on August 27, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Eagles defeated the Chiefs 20-17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert bowed his head as the Indianapolis Colts complete their final plays in the fourth quarter on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indianapolis won, 19-9. (Photo by David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 19: Branden Albert #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends against the Baltimore Ravens during a pre-season game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Chiefs 31-13. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: Branden Albert #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs onto the field before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Kansas CIty, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Packers 19-14. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 24: Offensive tackle Branden Albert #17 of the Kansas City Chiefs gets introduced before a game against the San Diego Chargers on November 24, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 01: Branden Albert (76) of the Kansas City Chiefs is carted off the field during the second half of the Broncos' 35-28 win at Arrowhead Stadium. The Denver Broncos visit the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC West showdown. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Branden Albert #71 of the Miami Dolphins looks on from the sideline during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
02 November 2014: Miami Dolphins Offensive Tackle Branden Albert (71) [6123] plays against the San Diego Chargers in Miami's 14-13 victory at Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida. (Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 18: Branden Albert #76 of the Miami Dolphins watches from the sideline during a game against the Tennessee Titans during a game at Nissan Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
DAVIE, FL - AUGUST 8: Branden Albert #76 of the Miami Dolphins talks to the media after the teams training camp on August 8, 2016 at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 17: Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert (76) prior to the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins on December 17, 2016, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - JULY 28: Tackle Branden Albert #76 of the Jacksonville Jaguars goes through drills during Training Camp at Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields on July 28, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

Albert signed a five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2014 season. He was traded to Jacksonville for a seventh-round pick back in March and spent much of this offseason holding out for a new contract, skipping the Jaguars' offseason conditioning program and OTAs before reporting for a mandatory three-day minicamp in June.

Skipping those workouts may have had noticeable effects. Mark Long of the Associated Press wrote that Albert "looked out of shape and past his prime" during the days leading up to his retirement.

With Albert's retirement, Jacksonville can recoup $3.4 million in signing bonus money. That sum could be a big part of Albert's desire to return, but it seems the Jaguars would rather have financial flexibility than veteran insurance on the offensive line.

The Jaguars will play their first preseason game on Thursday against the New England Patriots.

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