Allen Robinson, wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, will be worth every penny when the team gets around to rewarding him with a contract extension.
As the Jacksonville Jaguars approach Allen Robinon’s contract year, they have to be mindful of his relative value to other players. The Jags have many players worth considering as re-signings entering their contract years in 2017. In addition, left tackle Branden Albert is holding out for a new deal now after the Jags traded for him the month before.
But Robinson shouldn’t worry much. His skills, raw athletic ability, and past production make him a logical candidate for an extension. In fact, the Jaguars should do it sooner rather than later.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union makes a note that Robinson’s recent dropoff in production during the 2016 season still makes him the 11th most productive wide receiver since 2015. Based on the shoddy quarterback play and the fact that Robinson could easily have turned a few extra catches into big yardage and scores a la 2015, it’s fair to assume that he is incredibly close to another 1400-yard and 10+ touchdown season.
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While past production is no guarantee of future returns, Robinson appears to be a safe gamble. Even a down year like 2016 still resulted in over 800 yards and six touchdowns. Not many wide receivers consider that to be a complete disappointment or a lost season. However, as O’Halloran also wisely notes, the six games with 31 yards or less are a concern. Robinson cannot be taken out of games or the Jacksonville Jaguars offense will completely fall apart. Tack on another game with less than 50 yards and Robinson was essentially ineffective in almost half the season.
Overall, however, the good far outweighs the bad. A-Rob can be one of the best receivers in football and has been in the past. He now must show the mental fortitude to move past his mediocre 2016 and prove he is worth the money that will possibly come before 2017 even gets underway.
After all, a player that can put up 1400 yards and 14 touchdowns is worth every penny.