Report: New Jaguars OT Branden Albert holding out for new contract

Branden Albert
Courtesy of USA Today Images: Albert is a major part of Miami’s potential success in 2015.

After being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a draft pick, offensive tackle Branden Albert is reportedly holding out for a new deal.

Originally a first-round pick out of Virginia in 2008 by the Kansas City Chiefs, Albert became a star during his tenure with that club.

After receiving the franchise tag and 2013, Albert signed a five-year contract in free agency the following year with the Miami Dolphins. He earned his second Pro Bowl bid after the 2015 season, but after missing time due to injury last year he was deemed expendable.

Miami was set to release Albert, but a last ditch effort by Jacksonville to make a trade for him changed that fate. It’s unclear exactly how much left Albert has to give at this point in his career, but is fully healthy and can maintain it for entire season then he would definitely be an upgrade for Jacksonville.

Based on his current deal, Albert is set to earn a base salary of $8.875 million in 2017 and $9.575 in 2018.