The Jaguars traded for Branden Albert over two months ago, but Jacksonville has yet to hear from the veteran left tackle, who’s reportedly staying away from the team in hopes of getting a new contract.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Saturday’s he hasn’t personally spoken to Albert since the trade, and that the Jaguars are unaware of his plans with offseason workouts already underway.
“I just want to know (his status) so when you ask me a question, I can answer it or if Dave Caldwell asks me a question I can answer it,” Marrone said, according to Andie Hagemann of NFL.com. “I think that is the more frustrating thing. I’ve been in this situation a lot where players are on a tag … (and they’ve said) ‘Coach I’m on a tag. I’m not signing the tag … I’m not going to come for anything but hey I’ll be working out and training.’
“You just want to know where everyone is at and that’s all I was expecting. I can’t tell you what’s true and not true. I can’t speak for Branden. I can only tell you I have not talked to him.”
Workouts are currently voluntary, so Albert’s technically not doing anything wrong by missing them. However, the Jaguars were counting on him to start at left tackle this season, so his absence will likely affect the offense’s ability to build chemistry.
Albert has two years remaining on a five-year, $47-million contract.
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