What is the most important free agent decision for the Jacksonville Jaguars between now and March? According to ESPN’s Mike DiRocco it’s wide receiver Allen Robinson, who was injured during his first and only catch of the 2017 NFL season.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson
Robinson’s brilliant 2015 campaign suggested a path to stardom, but a disappointing 2016 showing and a torn left ACL ending his 2017 season after one week complicated matters. No team currently has more cap commitments on the books for 2018 than Jacksonville, meaning the team will need to make some difficult decisions. Given what the Jaguars were able to produce in the passing game with others — including fellow free agent-to-be Marqise Lee — a proposal to Robinson has to be financially sound.
Verdict: Offer Robinson a one-year, incentive-laden deal tied to production.
I really don’t know how you disagree if you don’t consider Blake Bortles a free agent. The only other prominent decisions are a backup running back in Chris Ivory, a backup wide receiver in Marqise Lee, and a slot cornerback in Aaron Colvin.
Robinson is arguably the best player on the offensive side of the ball and I think a long-term deal is actually in order. Lock him up and secure your No. 1 receiver for the next four years while you figure out what you’re going to do at quarterback.
What do you think? Is there a more important free agent decision than Allen Robinson?