Branden Albert was the opposite of a headache during his three seasons with the Dolphins, but he’s causing some angst in Jacksonville.
Miami traded Albert after deciding it was time to move Laremy Tunsil from guard to his permanent home at left tackle, though coach Adam Gase said the organization initially gave some thought to keeping both players for another season, and Albert’s time with the Jaguars has been marked by a contract holdout. The latest report, via the Times-Union, is that Albert hasn’t spoken with coach Doug Marrone since mid-March.
“I think of everything,” Marrone said of the possible explanations for Albert’s silence. “I’m one of those guys who says, ‘Could it be this? Could it be that?’ I can go down the list of things. I don’t know. I can’t speak for him.”
Albert, 32, gave no indications last season that he intended to retire any time soon. He is in line to make $8.9 million this season and $9.6 the next, though there is an out for the team in the 2018 offseason. He played reasonably well last year despite missing four games and playing through an injury most of the second half of the season. He was a Pro Bowl selection the year before.
The Dolphins originally intended to cut Albert, but instead worked out a pair of trades that sent him to Jacksonville and brought Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas to Miami. Albert visited the Jaguars in February and showed up for an introductory press conference in March.
The workouts he’s skipping are technically voluntary, and the team can’t penalize him unless he misses the mandatory minicamp in June.
Check out The Palm Beach Post‘s Miami Dolphins page on Facebook