With the Tuesday morning breaking news that the Jaguars will lose former star receiver Allen Robinson to the Bears, the question now becomes “what next” at that position?
One name/situation that intrigued everyone, involved Rams free agent WR Sammy Watkins, and the possibility that the Jaguars would be able to land him.
Watkins, a former #4 overall pick by the Bills in 2014, was traded last August to Los Angeles for DB E.J. Gaines and a swap of 2018 draft picks. He ended up having a solid season with 39 catches for 593 yards (15.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns last year in new coach Sean McVay’s offense.
And a report Monday afternoon says that Jacksonville had been looking towards Watkins, especially, if they didn’t bring back Robinson:
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) March 12, 2018
Mike Kaye’s story laid the important aspect of Watkins speed/deep threat capability being attractive to the Jaguars and wrote, “the Jaguars may view Watkins as a better compliment to the running game than Robinson. Watkins’ presence could seemingly stretch the field, forcing a deep safety to leave the tackle box.
In turn, there would be more running lanes for last year’s first-round pick Leonard Fournette. The elevated coverage would also allow for easier underneath routes for Watkins’ fellow receivers.”
Well, overnight Tuesday, Watkins chose to go to Kansas City:
Chiefs agree to terms with Sammy Watkins https://t.co/X7NSKHGI2y
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2018
Watkins reportedly got $48 million over three years, including $30 million guarantees in K.C. Too much money for the Jags, apparently.
So, with Robinson, a 1,400 yard pass catcher gone, and Watkins now unavailable, you wonder if the Jaguars don’t wait for the NFL Draft, which has some quality depth at wide receiver, to help them?
They have done this in recent years drafting DeDe Westbrook from Oklahoma last year and Marqise Lee, previously. The 2018 draft class is loaded and the Jags will have players like Memphis’ Anthony Miller, FSU’s Auden Tate and others available late first, second round and beyond.
Still, the Jaguars are suddenly a new darling and getting players like Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye to come join them in free agency last year definitely sent a message to other potential free agents that it’s a new day/time in Jacksonville.
Having lost out to Watkins, can they find another one? How much will that other option cost?
Time to find out.
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