Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Branden Albert have not been in communication since the veteran decided he wasn't going to show up for voluntary workouts, but according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union, communications between the team and Albert has occurred this week.
Per source, there has been communication this week between #Jaguars and LT Branden Albert.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) May 18, 2017
But with the lines of communication cracking open, it’s possible Albert could be in Jacksonville for next week’s first set of organized team activities, all of which are voluntary. The Jaguars have OTAs Tuesday, Thursday and next Friday.
The Jaguars traded a seventh-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for Albert prior to the official start of the 2017 league year, as the Dolphins were planning to release him in a cap savings measure. The word was Albert was looking for his current deal, which runs through 2018, to be "sweetened" in some manner, but once the Jaguars drafted Cam Robinson in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the team stated they would not be re-negotiating Albert's deal and that Robinson would be competing at left tackle.
As mentioned, Albert had been skipping voluntary workouts, but with mandatory mini-camp less than a month away and organized team activities (OTAs) starting up in a week, it seems that Albert might have made his point and has started speaking with the team.