The Jaguars offensive line suffered last season, trotting out seven different combinations of players due to injury after injury. Albert would have been an upgrade over Kelvin Beachum for Jacksonville at the left tackle position. He took first-team reps at left tackle on Friday and Sunday. Now the team will shift its hopes to rookie Cam Robinson as the expected starter this season.
Jacksonville’s offensive line has not been earning rave reviews so far in training camp. Blake Bortles’ five-interception practice on Saturday overshadowed the fact that the offensive line was struggling in pass protection and run blocking, according to Alfie Crow at Big Cat Country.
Regardless of the length or outcome of Bell’s holdout, he’ll make $12.12 million fully guaranteed on a one-year deal whenever he decides to sign his tender.
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette is the only running back who will make more in 2017 thanks to a front-loaded deal that gives the rookie about $18.35 million this year. But Fournette’s four-year, $27.15 million deal averages less than $7 million per year.
Bell is hoping for much more and told NFL Network he wants to be paid like the team’s No. 1 running back and No. 2 wide receiver. That probably won’t happen, but Bell does have a strong chance of getting a deal that resets the market for running backs. He just won’t have a chance at that contract until after the 2017 season.
For now, the Steelers are getting training camp started without Bell and can’t do anything except wait for him to show up when he feels ready to do so.