It’s looking more and more like the Jaguars have decided that not only does Allen Robinson not command top dollar from them, but that they will risk he doesn’t command it from the rest of the league via Free Agency.
This is because, Jacksonville has apparently not made a serious enough offer to keep Robinson from hitting the market next Wednesday. They had a chance to do that during the “Tag Period” prior to free agency, but put on him neither the “Transition Tag” (chance to match, or draft pick compensation) or the Franchise Tag, which guarantees the player the top five average at his position.
We have written frequently on the subject that a key variable is Robinson finishing up rehabbing an ACL tear in the Jags opening game last year in Houston. By all accounts, he will be fully healed by this summer and a full go at the start of preseason and beyond.
Also, Robinson made it clear over a week ago that his side had not gotten any kind of an offer from the Jaguars since the injury and the rehab process from last season. Now, that likely has changed in recent days, where VP Tom Coughlin and GM David Caldwell could have had casual/general talks with his representatives about the future and possible terms to keep Robinson in teal and black.
Robinson did have monster 1,400 yard 14 receiving TD season in 2015, but in NFL terms, that was an eternity ago.
And so, once the “legal tampering” for soon-to-be free agents starts happening this weekend, Robinson is under no obligation to listen or run anything by the Jags. He can agree and leave at any point.
Likewise, if the Jaguars want to go another direction for another veteran receiver, they will have the chance.
According to this Jacksonville.com item, the Jaguars have in the neighborhood of $28 million to spend, depending on re-working deals or releasing players, when free agency begins.
It doesn’t appear that bringing back Robinson is at the top of the priority list. Will that change suddenly? Let’s see.
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