Ryan O’Halloran points out that Jaguars LT Branden Albert technically isn’t a holdout, considering that the offseason workouts are voluntary and he has no workout bonuses in his contract.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that new Jaguars LT Branden Albert was not present for the team’s first meeting and is holding out for a new contract.
This, obviously, isn’t a great start to Albert’s stint with the Jaguars.
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.
The two parties were expected to work on a new contract after completing a trade, but there has been any reported progress this offseason. It’s likely that Albert is looking for some security in contract, given that there are no guarantees remaining.
This is one of the issues that comes with trading for a player.
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.