The Jaguars are letting Allen Robinson hit NFL free agency. The highest unrestriced free-agent large receiver in 2018 will stay that method after Jacksonville determined to not use the franchise tag on him earlier than Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.
Robinson would have made $sixteen million assured in 2018 had he been tagged after which signed, however the Jaguars have deemed that worth to be too wealthy for a participant coming off a 2017 season worn out by a torn ACL in his left knee he suffered in Week 1.
The shock availability of Robinson on the open market ought to please a number of different groups that might like to lock him up for the long run. Robinson (6-foot-three, 211 kilos) is simply 24 and earlier than shaky QB play and the damage stunted his manufacturing the previous two seasons, he appeared each bit the a part of a dominant No. 1 receiver (eighty catches, 1,four hundred yards, 14 TDs) in a Professional Bowl-worthy 2015.
When wholesome, Robinson has proved he may be each an explosive subject-stretcher and a troublesome purple zone goal. That is sufficient to make any wideout-needy group with sufficient cash underneath the NFL wage cap to strongly pursue his providers.
Some make extra sense than others although and if he is not a late re-signal by the Jaguars, guess on Robinson enjoying for one among these groups in 2018.
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No workforce in the league had much less reputable large receiver play than the Bears final season. This is an opportunity to get Mitchell Trubisky the No. 1 he wants in yr two, a la what the Eagles did with Carson Wentz and former Bears prime wideout Alshon Jeffery. Robinson can do every thing Chicago needs in Matt Nagy and Mark Helfrich’s passing recreation.
Cameron Meredith, additionally coming off a torn ACL, is a restricted free agent. Kevin White, their 2015 first-rounder, cannot be counted on to remain wholesome and contribute. Kendall Wright and Dontrelle Inman, makeshift producers from 2017, are unsigned. Robinson is a really good option to clear up that jumble.
Alex Smith additionally joins Nagy in shifting on from Kansas Metropolis, however Washington can be losing its massive veteran funding in Kirk Cousins’ older alternative if it does not get him a go-to man outdoors. Robinson’s measurement and velocity are good for Smith to belief on each brief and deep routes and mixes attributes of his two favourite Kansas Metropolis targets, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Robinson has been immersed in the West Coast offense throughout his time with the Jaguars and would have a clean transition into Jay Gruden and Matt Cavanaugh’s scheme.
Robinson represents a welcome redo and a a lot better signing as a No. 1 than Terrelle Pryor Sr. was final yr.
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The Colts gave broad receiver T.Y. Hilton a monster conract three offseasons in the past and surehanded tight finish Jack Doyle was rewarded with an extended-time period deal final March. However they do not have a lot else in the passing recreation to welcome again Andrew Luck in the proper approach, and disappointing Donte Moncrief is a free agent.
Coming over from the Eagles, new head coach Frank Reich is aware of firsthand what a distinction Jeffery made for a whole offense. The considered a wholesome Luck throwing to each Robinson and Hilton downfield is downright scary. Beating the Bears and Redskins for Robinson can be a terrific coup for the Colts.
The Titans are turning to a West Coast fashion offense beneath new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, previously of the Rams. The Titans did use a primary-spherical decide on Corey Davis final yr and have Rishard Matthews beneath contract for another yr however Marcus Mariota nonetheless wants extra younger pop round him as Tennessee goes from “unique smashmouth” to a extra downfield move-pleasant scheme.
Robinson and Davis might be dynamic working the sector collectively and assist Mariota take the subsequent massive leap. Wanting on the impression Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp had on Jared Goff underneath LaFleur in Los Angeles is proof sufficient to make the transfer.