Well, it’s not all harmony in Jaguar land, at least for now. As the Jacksonville players began reporting to the facility Monday for off season meetings/work and eventually OTA’s, newly acquired left tackle Branden Albert did not show up.
Ian Rapoport of NFL media had it first:
Sources: While #Jaguars coach Doug Marrone held his first team meeting, new LT Branden Albert was not present. Holding out for a new deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 17, 2017
Albert, you may remember was eventually traded by the Dolphins to the Jags earlier this off season, after Miami had initially told Albert’s agent that he was going to be released. Albert apparently was willing to go along with going to a new team in Florida, but a new deal was always part of the equation on his side.
He is scheduled to make $8.9 million this season and still has another year remaining on his deal that Jacksonville assumed in the trade. His 2018 salary is $9.6 million, but here’s the rub: none of his money this year or next is guaranteed or in the form of a bonus this off season.
So, Albert could participate in everything this off season, including training camp and the pre-season, get released and get nothing from Jacksonville.
So, the “contract games” are underway. The next move is for coach Doug Marrone, and more importantly, new boss Tom Coughlin in the front office and how much they value the former Pro Bowl left tackle at this point.