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Jaguars LT Branden Albert 'holding out' for new deal, per report

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The Jacksonville Jaguars reported for voluntary workouts on Monday, but newly traded-for left tackle Branden Albert was not present for the first team meeting according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Jaguars sent a conditional seventh round pick to the Miami Dolphins to acquire Albert in a trade this offseason after opting out of Kelvin Beachum's contract, to add a starting left tackle.

While technically Albert isn't "holding out" of voluntary workouts because they're voluntary, it's not a surprise Albert is looking for a new contract as his current deal only has about two years and 18 million left.

Typically in a situation like this with an older player like Albert, if you're going to give him a new deal to go with a trade, it's done around the same time as the trade and I'm a little surprised the Jaguars didn't do that. The contract the Jaguars absorbed currently has no guaranteed money on the deal, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the Jaguars re-work Albert's deal to include some guaranteed money and possibly a roster bonus for the 2018 season.

Either way, this is a situation to monitor but until it gets to the point of Albert actually holding out of mandatory workouts, much ado about nothing.