With Branden Albert retiring, the Jaguars officially lose the Julius Thomas trade

The Jaguars traded for Albert back in March and he is now retiring, leaving the team short at the left tackle position.

Aug 8, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Dolphins tackle Branden Albert (71) blocks Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (95) in the first half of their game at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars will have to endure their first major loss as Branden Albert has decided to retire without having playing a single game with them. The Jaguars decided to trade away their former big tight end weapon in Julius Thomas to the Miami Dolphins for Albert back in March. Now the team is still lacking depth at the tight end position and now the left tackle position as well.

Albert played in the league for nine years and was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and short time with the Jags. He was a well-known player around the league, having been a starter a majority of his career until injuries started to come into play.


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With the nine year veteran retiring, this leaves rookie offensive tackle Cam Robinson as the projected starter at left tackle. I think the Jags will be fine with Robinson as the starter because he has size and power that will keep defenders off of Blake Bortles. Robinson was actually a projected top 10 draft pick in this years’ draft, but fell to the second round.

The only problem with the retiring of Branden Albert, the Jags now lack depth at left tackle. Sure, Robinson is a good replacement for Albert but what if Robinson gets injured? Now Doug Marrone may have to go out and find more depth.

This move by Albert hurts the Jaguars and it could affect them during the season. It’s not a major loss, but it’s good enough to cause more problems for the team. The Jaguars should go to the free agent market and starting looking at potential depth behind Cam Robinson at left tackle.

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