Are the Jacksonville Jaguars planning to let Allen Robinson walk in free agency?


Could the Jacksonville Jaguars decide to let Allen Robinson hit the market in free agency?

The new league year is approaching in the NFL, and for the Jacksonville Jaguars the key question is what the team decides to do with wide receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson is set to be a free agent, and one of the hottest commodities in the market league-wide.

The Jaguars retaining Robinson for 2018 would come in either placing the franchise tag on the wideout, or the two parties agreeing to a new deal. Whichever option Jacksonville would choose, it seemed like a no-brainer for the team to do what it takes to keep Robinson on the roster.

But a recent report suggests that the Jaguars may have other plans:

That report from caused a frenzy, and as noted, would definitely be a surprise move if true.

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The front office has pushed all the right buttons in recent seasons, as evident by the success of the team last season. But letting Robinson walk into free agency would be a mistake.

Even with the trip to the AFC championship in 2017, the Jaguars lacked a reliable go-to receiver with the absence of Robinson due to injury. For the majority of the season, Jacksonville had to count on Marqise Lee and two rookies. Robinson has proven to be a dependable number one receiver, and a key piece to the Jaguars offense.

What is the plan if Robinson isn’t retained? The free agent wide receiver pool is mediocre at best, and even though Jacksonville needs to draft a receiver regardless, being in a position to have to depend on another rookie again isn’t the sturdiest ground to stand on.

Until the new league year officially begins and the two sides fail to come to an agreement, I will remain skeptical that the team actually lets Allen Robinson hit the free agent market. It just doesn’t make sense.