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Branden Albert Looking For Similar Deal To Russell Okung Or Andrew Whitworth

Update:

Ian Rapoport reports that Jaguars OT Branden Albert isn’t expected to be on the field today for the start of OTAs, as he’s still looking for an improved contract.

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Jason Cole of B/R reports that Jaguars LT Branden Albert is looking for a similar contract to the ones signed by Russell Okung and Andrew Whitworth this offseason.

However, Cole adds that it doesn’t sound like Jacksonville is inclined to do anything about his contract.

The Rams give Whitworth a three-year, $36 million contract ($12M per year) with $15 million guaranteed this past March while Okung secured a four-year, $53 million contract ($13.25M per year) with $25 million guaranteed from the Chargers.

Offensive linemen did really well this offseason, so I’m sure Albert believes he should be compensated at a similar level. Unfortunately, all indications have been that the Jaguars aren’t willing to negotiate with Albert and could move forward with second-round pick Cam Robinson if this situation continues to be an issue this summer.

Last week, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reported that the Jaguars have been in communication with Albert, which happens to be the time the two parties have spoken since mid-March.

According to O’Halloran, it’s now possible that Albert will be in attendance for the start of voluntary organized team activities, which get underway this week.

Jacksonville agreed to send a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Dolphins in return for Albert and the two teams also completed a separate trade for TE Julius Thomas soon after.

Albert, 32, is a former first-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2008. He spent six years in Kansas City before signing a five-year, $46 million contract with $25 million guaranteed with the Dolphins back in 2014.

Albert currently has two years remaining on his contract and stands to make base salaries of $8.875 million and $9.575 million during this time.

In 2016, Albert appeared in 12 games and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 65 offensive tackle out of 78 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Albert and the Jaguars as the news is available.