Player News - Jaguars

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Jaguars acquired LT Branden Albert from the Dolphins in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round pick.

We are marking this as official after EVP Tom Coughlin said he does not "see any reason" why the trade will not go through when the new league year begins on March 9. It is still unclear if Albert took a pay cut on the $8.9 million he was scheduled to make with the Dolphins. Albert is 32, has averaged 12 games a season since 2011, and appears to be trending downward. The Jaguars still need to be looking toward the future at left tackle.
Feb 25 - 10:46 AM

Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin emphasized that Blake Bortles must avoid turnovers to maintain his starting job.

Bortles committed 22 turnovers last year -- 16 interceptions and six lost fumbles. The 16 picks were actually a career low. "Taking care of the football is paramount to that position," said Coughlin. "There can be no way the ball is turned over to that extent." Coughlin added he believes improved pass protection and "components around him" will give Bortles a better shot at success, hence the Jaguars' trade for LT Branden Albert.
Feb 24 - 4:03 PM

Jaguars MLB Paul Posluszny is expected back for a seventh season with the team.

New EVP Tom Coughlin spoke highly of Posluszny at Friday's press conference. Posluszny had one of the best seasons of his career in 2016, leading the Jags in tackles (133) as usual and earning PFF's No. 4 inside linebacker grade among 59 qualifiers. Signed only through 2017, "Poz" turns 33 in October.
Feb 24 - 3:52 PM

Speaking Friday, Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin wouldn't completely commit to Blake Bortles as the starting quarterback.

However, Coughlin didn't indicate the Jaguars will be moving on from Bortles, according to ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco. When he was first introduced as the new EVP, Coughlin said Bortles "is our quarterback." It suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option, but Bortles isn't going to get an extension this offseason after his dreadful 2016. The Jaguars are a dark horse to make an addition at quarterback either in free agency or the draft, but Bortles remains the heavy favorite to be under center as the starter come Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 11:43 AM

Jaguars re-signed restricted free agent G/C Tyler Shatley to a two-year contract.

A fourth-year player who's bounced around practice squads, Shatley made the first four starts of his career last year, struggling mightily according to PFF's grades. Shatley's ability to play both guard positions and center does give him reserve "swing" value. He should still have to fight for his roster spot.
Feb 21 - 5:11 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Jaguars will give up a 2018 seventh-round pick for Dolphins LT Branden Albert once the deal is finalized.

Albert is reportedly meeting with the Jaguars Monday night and Tuesday to work out a contract. If that goes well and he passes his physical, this deal should get done by midweek. Moving from Kelvin Beachum to Albert will save the Jaguars some money up front, but they are trading a 27-year-old who should improve another year removed from an ACL tear for a 32-year-old who is trending downward and has averaged 12 games a season since 2011.
Feb 20 - 8:14 PM

The Miami Herald confirms the Jaguars and Dolphins are "still in talks" regarding a trade that would send Branden Albert to Jacksonville.

Monday's Julius Thomas deal doesn't mean Albert talks are dead. Albert remains likely to land in Jacksonville as part of an independent trade, which the Herald's Armando Salguero hints would net the Dolphins a late-round pick in 2018. Hangups in deals like this usually involve money. Jacksonville is believed to be hoping to sign Albert to an affordable contract extension. Albert will meet with the Jaguars on Monday night. If all goes well, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the two sides will try to hash out a deal on Tuesday.
Feb 20 - 5:58 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Jaguars will acquire LT Branden Albert from the Dolphins in exchange for a conditional late-round 2018 draft pick.

It was reported Sunday by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Jaguars and Dolphins had agreed to an Albert-for-Julius Thomas swap, but the Sun-Sentinel apparently jumped the gun, and several other media outlets ran with it. Thomas isn't part of the deal, and the return the Dolphins are getting is very minimal. Albert is visiting the Jaguars on Monday, and the teams need him to sign off on the deal before making it. He's expected to land an extension from the Jaguars.
Feb 20 - 12:27 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there's still a "ways to go" in a potential Branden Albert-for-Julius Thomas trade.

The Miami Herald first mentioned this as a possibility last week before the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Sunday that the two sides were finalizing the swap. Apparently Albert has agreed to play in Jacksonville, but the Dolphins and Julius Thomas are still working on their end. By all accounts, Thomas loves coach Adam Gase after his breakout years with Gase in Denver. Ultimately, we'd expect this deal to come together in a couple weeks.
Feb 20 - 9:39 AM

Jaguars re-signed G/T Josh Wells.

Wells began last season on injured reserve before logging 11 snaps down the stretch. The undrafted James Madison alum gives Jacksonville depth at both guard and tackle.
Feb 17 - 4:50 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports "there's optimism" the Jaguars will be able to acquire LT Branden Albert.

Trades can't be announced until the start of the new league year, March 9. But teams can obviously talk between now and then and agree to compensation and the parameters of a deal. Per Garafolo, Jacksonville is the "primary destination" for Albert, confirming a report from the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Salguero suggested an Albert-for-Julius Thomas swap. That's one option where each team can rid itself of an overpaid veteran who doesn't fit in his current city.
Feb 17 - 12:15 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Jaguars are interested in acquiring LT Branden Albert.

After declining LT Kelvin Beachum's team option, Jacksonville is in the market for a blind-side protector for Blake Bortles. 32-year-old Albert should have 1-2 more years of passable left-tackle play left. Salguero mentions the possibility of an Albert-for-Julius Thomas swap that rids each team of players it doesn't want while satisfying needs on both sides. Thomas had back-to-back 12-touchdown seasons in Denver under Dolphins coach Adam Gase.
Feb 17 - 10:43 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have decided to hold off on releasing LT Branden Albert, and are "apparently going to pause and assess the possibilities."

Only the Dolphins. Truly, only the Dolphins. Per ace reporter Armando Salguero, the Dolphins and Albert agreed to his release on Thursday morning, but the team had an about-face due to "sudden and significant interest from at least one and perhaps other teams in acquiring Albert." It means the Dolphins will probably keep Albert on the roster through the start of the new league year on March 9. They are doing Albert dirty, not letting him choose his own team, and potentially severely depressing his value. Instead of having the market all to himself right now, Albert may have to fight for scraps in the second phase of free agency.
Feb 16 - 5:07 PM

The Miami Herald expects free agent LT Branden Albert to find a new team "quickly."

Per Beasley, Albert is already drawing interest. Albert hasn't played in more than 14 games in any of the past five years, and seemed in steep decline last season. He's the kind of name teams will consider, but likely as a backup or right tackle.
Feb 16 - 3:05 PM

Dolphins released LT Branden Albert.

The news comes via NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, who added the Dolphins will turn to 2016 first-rounder Laremy Tunsil at left tackle. Albert misses two or three games every season, and his play has been trending down the last couple years. At 32, it is fair to question how much more he has left in the tank. Still, he should receive plenty of interest in a suddenly improving tackle market. Cutting Albert saves the Dolphins $7.2 million against the cap.
Feb 16 - 11:29 AM


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