The relationship between the Jaguars and left tackle Branden Albert is beginning to thaw.
A source told the Times-Union on Thursday that team and player had been in communication this week for the first time since at least mid-March.
Albert has been a no-show for the first two phases of the Jaguars’ voluntary off-season program, which began April 17.
On several occasions, including last Saturday, the Jaguars said they had tried to reach out to Albert but those calls had not been returned.
But with the lines of communication cracking open, it’s possible Albert could be in Jacksonville for next week’s first set of organized team activities, all of which are voluntary. The Jaguars have OTAs Tuesday, Thursday and next Friday.
Albert has been to the Jaguars’ offices twice: Feb. 20 when trade talks with Miami were initiated, and March 10, a day after the Jaguars traded a 2018 seventh-round pick for him.
Albert, though, did not attend the start of the off-season program, reportedly seeking a new contract. The Jaguars opened the left tackle spot for competition April 28 when they drafted Cam Robinson in the second round.
Asked about re-doing Albert’s contract, general manager Dave Caldwell said that night: “We were never going to alter it to begin with.”
The only mandatory part of the off-season program is a mini-camp from June 13-15, but Albert may begin participating ahead of that and begin his path to winning the starting left tackle spot.