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Jags won’t cut Branden Albert or give him a new deal

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After the Jaguars took Cam Robinson in the second round of the draft, General Manager Dave Caldwell said that Robinson will compete for the left tackle job.

That job was ticketed for Branden Albert, who arrived in a trade with the Dolphins earlier in the offseason, but Albert has stayed away from voluntary offseason work. He reportedly wants a new contract as his current deal includes no guaranteed money, although that desire may go unfulfilled.

Caldwell said the team has no plans to give Albert a new deal or cut him to move on with Robinson.

“We have his rights, and we expect him to show up when he has to,” Caldwell said, via ESPN.com. “This is all voluntary, so it’s his decision to not be here. He’s got that right to do that. As long as he comes in shape when it’s mandatory and comes in and does the things he’s supposed to do, we’ll welcome him with open arms.”

With a hole at left guard, the Jaguars may find room for both Albert and Robinson in their eventual lineup. Albert just needs to show up if they are going to make any plans on that front.

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17 Responses to “Jags won’t cut Branden Albert or give him a new deal”
  1. intrafinesse says: May 1, 2017 7:57 AM

    How does a player get a big new contract?

    A) Show up at practice, be a team player, play hard, do well

    OR

    B) Be a malcontent. Don’t show up at practice, which may lessen performance during his last contract year.

    Tough choice, isn’t it.

    Suck it up Albert.

  2. mcjon22 says: May 1, 2017 8:09 AM

    This is why they are the Jags.

    Why wouldn’t you do your homework first before trading for this guy?

    Asking his agent if there’s going to be any issues with his contract or if he’s going to show up in the off-season seems like pretty basic questions to ask.

  3. razzlejag says: May 1, 2017 8:19 AM

    The agent isn’t going to tell the truth anyway. This is all ado over nothing- these are VOLUNTARY workouts.

    It’s sort of like me not showing up to work on the company’s float for the Homecoming Days parade. I’d rather stay home and play with the kids that night. Voluntary.

  4. swagjag says: May 1, 2017 8:28 AM

    To quote the losingest head coach in league history, “Do your job!”

    I don’t know how this guy thinks he can win a stare down contest with Tom Coughlin when he is expected to collect $18M over the next two years.

  5. jonathankrobinson424 says: May 1, 2017 8:56 AM

    New regime in Jacksonville and if your think your going to boss Tom C around , your sorely mistaken. Branden will conform & or be traded by opening day. My bet is he gets traded.

  6. marty2020 says: May 1, 2017 8:56 AM

    Obviously, Albert wants to be cut. He wanted to be cut by the Dolphins, but at the last minute they traded him to the Jags for a 7th round pick. Now he wants to be cut by the Jags. He wants a huge new contract, and a team of his choosing.

    I agree with the Jags. Show up, or sit out. We’re not going to do you a favor and cut you.

  7. dreemeagle says: May 1, 2017 8:59 AM

    when will the Dolphins learn?

    clearly this guy no longer wants to play for you;

    all that means is he will play only for himself and sooner or later get somebody else hurt–invariably somebody very good, somebody you like and who wants to play for you;

    then your whole locker room will be divided and mad at this guy still on their sideline when a fellow player he let get hurt isn’t;

    at this point Albert–whom I’ve yet to hear the words “perennial pro-bowler” mentioned in the same breath–is only eating a hole in your dinner table and salary cap;

    CUT HIM;

    send a positive message to your other players for a change;

    whatever cap loss you to take will be more than compensated by the boost in team morale seeing his chubby posterior smacked by the exit door;

    they know like the rest of the league do this guy is Albert Haynesworth, Part Duex;

    let him go finish what left of his career in Buffalo wher he can cozy up with such remarkable creatures as Richie Incognito, or New Jersey or D.C. or even better, cleveland–the closest thing the NFL have to minimum security facility;

  8. helldog33 says: May 1, 2017 9:35 AM

    when will the Dolphins learn?

    clearly this guy no longer wants to play for you;

    all that means is he will play only for himself and sooner or later get somebody else hurt–invariably somebody very good, somebody you like and who wants to play for you;

    then your whole locker room will be divided and mad at this guy still on their sideline when a fellow player he let get hurt isn’t;

    at this point Albert–whom I’ve yet to hear the words “perennial pro-bowler” mentioned in the same breath–is only eating a hole in your dinner table and salary cap;

    CUT HIM;

    send a positive message to your other players for a change;

    whatever cap loss you to take will be more than compensated by the boost in team morale seeing his chubby posterior smacked by the exit door;

    they know like the rest of the league do this guy is Albert Haynesworth, Part Duex;

    let him go finish what left of his career in Buffalo wher he can cozy up with such remarkable creatures as Richie Incognito, or New Jersey or D.C. or even better, cleveland–the closest thing the NFL have to minimum security facility
    __________________________________

    Ya lost me at when will the DOLPHINS learn….LOL, and so are the Fins

  9. areyouseriousrofl says: May 1, 2017 9:36 AM

    Dreemeagle – you do realize he is longer with the Dolphins right?

  10. stillperfect says: May 1, 2017 9:48 AM

    When will the dolphins learn? I guess this year as they have traded him.

  11. jags2daship says: May 1, 2017 9:49 AM

    The guy was here in town working with a local kids charity on earth day. Im pretty sure he is going to show up when his contract tells him he has to.

  12. hehateme2 says: May 1, 2017 9:54 AM

    dreemeagle says:
    May 1, 2017 8:59 AM

    when will the Dolphins learn?
    clearly this guy no longer wants to play for you

    dude- this make no sense. Albert loved playing for Gase and probably wanted to stay. He made a point of playing thru injury and as the rest of the world knows- he was traded already.

    Poor example of trolling if I ever saw one.

  13. maddenisfordorks says: May 1, 2017 10:20 AM

    If I’ve been in the league for 10 years (or close to it) … I wouldn’t necessarily be so excited about giving up additional time to float around the stadium unless it was my job to be there.

  14. dryzzt23 says: May 1, 2017 10:40 AM

    Rich NFL player problems.
    SMH.

  15. chieftaindawg says: May 1, 2017 10:46 AM

    He just has to play that much better so that he does get his money when he doesn’t play along with the team. Never impressed me, that guy. He should’ve been a top 3 tackle in the nfl

  16. harrisonhits2 says: May 1, 2017 10:56 AM

    Oh the horror, he has to play for millions of dollars for one season and not get a new contract until the season is over.

  17. whenwilliteverend says: May 1, 2017 12:48 PM

    His contract states he is to be paid $8.875M in 2017 and $9.575M in 2018. What exactly is he whining about? Sure, it has no guaranteed money but he signed that contract in 2014 and it has an $8.5M signing bonus. These guys always neglect to mention that. His salaries in 2014 and 2015 were also guaranteed. Instead of whining about ‘only’ making $9M (!!!) he should go out this year and next and play really hard so he can get a better contract next time. End of story. I can’t feel sorry for someone making 10x as much in a single year than many people will earn in their entire lifetime. As Ed Rooney said in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”….

    “Suck it up, Buttercup”

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