Will the Jacksonville Jaguars use the franchise tag on Allen Robinson?

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Allen Robinson
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Allen Robinson /

The Jacksonville Jaguars have the option to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Allen Robinson, but is that what they should do?

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a good problem on their hands – whether or not to exercise the use of the franchise tag.

It’s a good problem because it means the Jaguars have a lot of good players and it’s becoming tough to keep all of them.

A telling historical nugget – the last time the Jaguars used the franchise tag was in 2012… on kicker Josh Scobee.

The Jaguars are beyond those years and now they need to make a decision on their number one wide receiver.

It seems like a no brainer to tag Robinson, but not everyone agrees.

Field Yates over at ESPN doesn’t even think the Jaguars should use the franchise tag – instead he offers a somewhat unrealistic solution.

"Wide receiver Allen RobinsonRobinson’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."

This would be nice, except there’s no way Robinson would take that kind of contract. If he hit the open market, there absolutely would be someone willing to offer ARob a multi-year deal commensurate with what Davante Adams just got from the Green Bay Packers.

Robinson is a borderline number 1, if not bonafide number 1, wide receiver in this league. If the Jaguars don’t want to pay him like one, there are numerous other teams with plenty of cap space who will – specifically the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns.

Robinson already proved his worth and the Jaguars absolutely should tag him if they can’t reach a long term deal by the deadline.