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Jaguars haven’t heard a word from Branden Albert

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The Jaguars officially traded for offensive tackle Branden Albert on the first day of the league year. They’ve heard nothing from him since.

Albert has been a no-show for the Jaguars’ voluntary workouts, and coach Doug Marrone said he’s taken aback that Albert hasn’t so much as picked up the phone when the team tried to check in on him.

“I’ve had communication with Branden prior to,” Marrone said of Albert visiting the team before the trade. “I have not had any communication with him [this week], which is a surprise. I don’t know what his thoughts are going forward. I can’t comment on that. Obviously, it’s voluntary, but I was surprised that I didn’t receive a call back from him.”

The Jaguars gave up only a 2018 seventh-round draft pick for Albert, who is due an $8.875 million base salary this season. Albert will presumably show up by the start of the regular season because he doesn’t want to lose all that money, but how much work he’ll do before the regular season remains to be seen.

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  1. dickshotdogs says: May 14, 2017 6:16 AM

    Branden, show up for work bud. You’re going to a much better team.

  2. diehardfootballfan says: May 14, 2017 7:01 AM

    Poor Branden. He’s only going to make $9 mill this year. Oh whooooo is me.

  3. aj66shanghai says: May 14, 2017 7:22 AM

    Pretty funny that the Dolphins are now the 3rd best team in Florida

  4. The Gray Ghost says: May 14, 2017 7:29 AM

    He knows this team is trash

  5. nfl fan says: May 14, 2017 7:31 AM

    Way to impress your boss.

  6. harrietknutczak says: May 14, 2017 8:10 AM

    He sorta “uncooperated” himself out of KC too.

  7. Divorce To Healing says: May 14, 2017 8:37 AM

    I guess $8.875M for a backup left guard should be fine now, because if he is not a beast when he shows, Cam Robinson with start and BA will not get resigned. BA better be ready to go. I hope you didn’t buy a house in Jax because you won’t be here long.

  8. blowfishes says: May 14, 2017 8:55 AM

    He isn’t breaking any League rules so I’m a bit surprised that the team are airing their washing out in public.

  9. finsphan says: May 14, 2017 9:54 AM

    “3rd best team in Florida”, “going to a better team”…. That’s cute.

  10. veloman75 says: May 14, 2017 9:59 AM

    Not practicing at voluntary work outs is fine but not returning a phone call from 2 months ago from your boss who is paying you $9M is not fine. I would release this bad apple so he doesn’t poison the locker room.

  11. sf546 says: May 14, 2017 10:02 AM

    He’ll show, coach. He’s just embarrassed because he got that dolphin tattoo minutes before he was traded.

  12. chawk12thman says: May 14, 2017 10:07 AM

    Team should call his agent on his status. Bet he will want to keep the cash flow going and minimize financial risk.

  13. dlw492 says: May 14, 2017 10:14 AM

    Seriously?
    People think the Phins are the worst team of the 3 in Florida
    Let me remind you, we did make the playoffs!
    And we’ll do it again this year (with a win) hopefully more

  14. evermoresg says: May 14, 2017 10:35 AM

    Coughlin comes back and the north Florida swamp rats treat it like Jesus is born again. Your team needs a lot of work, and the old ballbuster isn’t adept at today’s game and today’s people, and is more likely to turn your team into a dumpster fire with multiple players essentially quitting, than being in any kind of contention.

    Khan is a good owner who actually cares, but his football acumen is hovering close to 0. Take it from a Phins fan, hiring an aging authoritarian is a move straight outta clueless Huizenga’s playbook, and it never works out well.

  15. nyfcat says: May 14, 2017 10:44 AM

    Branden: Play 2 more years of decent LT, collect your $18 mil, retire, and do whatever you want for the rest of your life.

  16. evermoresg says: May 14, 2017 11:54 AM

    The Jags fans are out in force today. Get ready for your fan fest, which will feature local glory boy Tim Tebow performing circumcisions to the team and any Jax locals who are looking to give up a little for his blessing.

    None of you can honestly say that Doug Marrone was your best choice for a coach, and then your leadership undercut him by trying to relive the past. Maybe it sells some season tickets, but it looks like another rebuild two years from now.

  17. intrafinesse says: May 14, 2017 11:55 AM

    I didn’t see you out there. What position do you play?

    dlw492 says:
    May 14, 2017 10:14 AM
    Seriously?
    People think the Phins are the worst team of the 3 in Florida
    Let me remind you, we did make the playoffs!
    >>>And we’ll do it again this year (with a win) hopefully more

  18. harrisonhits2 says: May 14, 2017 12:09 PM

    The stench of a player getting 9 million for the coming season that won’t even call the team back will waft through the locker room.

    This guy will likely be the worst FA signing of this offseason.

  19. RandyinRoxbury says: May 14, 2017 12:25 PM

    He did not want to go to Jax, he doesn’t need the money and will likely retire.
    Numerous injuries have taken a toll.

  20. brawlkc says: May 14, 2017 1:27 PM

    I’m not a Branden Albert guy, but these are voluntary workouts, and he is a vet and on a contract year.

    He’s not required to show up, and there’s no indication that he’s getting paid extra. I don’t know many people that work OT for free when you aren’t required to. He can only get injured.

    This is still America right?

  21. uglydingo says: May 14, 2017 2:51 PM

    Albert was an excellent team man in Miami. I expect that matters can be easily resolved if his contract is re-negotiated. Jags have a lot of cap space, they can add some more dollars.

  22. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says: May 14, 2017 3:11 PM

    Well ………………….,
    I guess he just doesn’t want to play in Jacksonville, eh??
    It’s a free country folks.
    Personally, $8.8 mil isn’t chicken feed for a Tackle, maybe on the low side for a top 10 or 15 LT.
    Is Albert a top 15 LT ?

  23. fishyinalittledishy says: May 14, 2017 3:23 PM

    To be honest I don’t think there is a great enjoyment aspect to a vet linemen going to work just to go up against Young upstarts or guys trying to prove a point. Unlike the throwing and catching players what part of football would be fun to a big lump in the Floridian sun. No incentive to be there, let him rest up and if he stays healthy, plays well who cares. People like him have seen it all before.

  24. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: May 14, 2017 3:59 PM

    He’s not going to wear that (shudder) helmet.

  25. kevinhatesyou says: May 14, 2017 5:06 PM

    I’m just amazed that there are Jaguars fans, I commend you guys for coming out. Don’t be afraid to be you! As far as being a better team than Miami, wouldn’t you have to make the playoffs for that? I know you guys still go to sleep fantasizing about Jimmy and Keenan and Fred, and I get it… Bortles doesnt do it for me either, not to mention you guys live in Jacksonville Florida, but that was almost 20 years ago. You have to do something remotely relevant, calling out the veteran tackle who agreed to play for your below average team, while having to actually be in Duval County for at least 8 games, that guy is a Saint! He should have his own holiday!

  26. simplec72 says: May 14, 2017 6:32 PM

    Branden wants a new contract. This year and next have no guaranteed money. The Jags should just wait until the last minute before the season and cut him.

  27. maverick2560 says: May 14, 2017 8:16 PM

    Voluntary?? Yeah right! it is the players perogtive to work out where
    and when he wants to. Teammates my have a say in the matter but
    Coaches should refrain from such comments. This time of year the workouts are supposed to be a sort of ” captains ” workout. Therefore if not participating it should be left to his teammates to call an/or
    publicly comment.
    I actually believe that a comment from a coach or an administrative person should result in a fine. It is up to the player!!

  28. maverick2560 says: May 14, 2017 8:16 PM

    Voluntary?? Yeah right! it is the players perogtive to work out where
    and when he wants to. Teammates my have a say in the matter but
    Coaches should refrain from such comments. This time of year the workouts are supposed to be a sort of ” captains ” workout. Therefore if not participating it should be left to his teammates to call an/or
    publicly comment.
    I actually believe that a comment from a coach or an administrative person should result in a fine. It is up to the player!!

  29. djscottyb says: May 15, 2017 12:27 AM

    Albert is just playing the holdout game, as should be expected.
    He’s a 32 year old Tackle with no guaranteed money this year or next.
    A contract extension may be the last time he can negotiate any starter type moneys.

    There’s no loyalty in the NFL, and he’s one injury away from no income at all.He’s a good tackle when healthy, but seems to get injured often. He will play thru injuries, if possible. Last year he made the Pro Bowl (whatever that’s worth) while playing thru a dislocated elbow.

    There’s also this: a rumor that Albert may be used at guard, a position he DOES NOT LIKE. When the Fins suggested the idea of guard, he said they better pay him extra. Like as in more than the Starting LT money he was already getting. He also didn’t want to play guard in KC, especially with Eric Fisher getting drafted. “No. I’m not a guard. Point Blank”

    New team, no guarantees and maybe a position he’s resisted his whole career – a holdout is understandable. At least return the coaches call though.

  30. djscottyb says: May 15, 2017 12:28 AM

    I’d love to see the Jags do well.
    Life is good when all 3 Florida teams are playing good football.

    And FWIW, only 1 FL team made the 2016 playoffs.

  31. VenerableAxiom says: May 15, 2017 2:36 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    May 14, 2017 12:09 PM
    The stench of a player getting 9 million for the coming season that won’t even call the team back will waft through the locker room.

    This guy will likely be the worst FA signing of this offseason.
    ====
    It was a trade. The Dolphins got Julius Thomas, tight end.

  32. jags2daship says: May 16, 2017 11:05 AM

    This band aid thinks he is going to get paid? Greedy ass agent and client

  33. dogman52 says: May 23, 2017 11:41 AM

    Brandon was selected to two pro bowls.SOMEONE must think he is pretty good…Easily in the top ten and probably the top five.
    Brandon was a fantastic locker room guy and mentor to the guy who replaced him, at the Dolphins.
    Many Dolphins would LOVE to still have him in Miami and playing with the Fins.
    It was his understanding he was going to get a new and IMPROVED contract, and the Jags are not holding up THEIR end of the bargain.
    I hope the deal falls all apart and B.A. is a Fin again!!!

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