Jacksonville Jaguars new left tackle Branden Albert has been MIA during the team’s voluntary practices thus far.

But the 32 year-old Albert has assured his coach that he will be present for the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Albert was signed by the Jaguars prior to the 2017 NFL Draft.  He reportedly wants a better contract, according to Rapoport. Logically speaking, Albert making appearances with his new team at practices would bode well for his contract negotiations.

The Jags are not likely to empty their wallets out to Albert until they see him in action, demonstrating team spirit.

At least Albert plans to comply now that his presence is officially required starting next week. A hold out would definitely not be the right next step to take when a potential salary increase is on the line.

Albert was a former overall 15th pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. The two-time Pro Bowler spent six years with Kansas City and the last two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.