Jaguars coach awaits return call from veteran Branden Albert

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he has had no contact with Branden Albert since the veteran left tackle decided to skip voluntary workouts.

Albert, tight end Marcedes Lewis and running back Corey Grant were the only players not in attendance for the first week of Jacksonville’s offseason conditioning program, which began Monday.

Grant is taking classes toward his college degree. Lewis, entering his 12th season in Jacksonville, remains in his home state of California while dealing with a child custody issue. Both told Marrone they would not be in Jacksonville for the opening workouts.

Marrone heard nothing from Albert, who reportedly wants a new contract as he enters his 10th season and first with the Jaguars.

“I have not had any communication with him, which is a surprise,” Marrone said Friday during the team’s annual pre-draft availability. “So I don’t know what his thoughts are going…

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