Jacksonville Jaguars are re-signing wide receiver Marqise Lee


Well, the Jacksonville Jaguars have brought back a 2014 second-round wide receiver after all.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to pay to keep a wide receiver, but not the one anticipated. After going against paying for Allen Robinson to stay, the Jacksonville Jaguars have chosen to give a new contract to Marqise Lee.

That….that is a hefty contract given the recipient. I have been on the side of indifferent in whether Lee returned to the team or not, but for that much, and being the only notable receiver re-signing/addition by the team thus far, it doesn’t make sense.

After the team chose to not re-sign Allen Robinson, it’s unclear if this is a bit of a panic move after the free agent wide receiver pool has been drying up quickly, but the Jaguars have secured Lee in Jacksonville on a multi-year deal.

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Lee has spent his first four seasons in Jacksonville, and after the injury to Robinson in week one last season, was thrust into the WR1 position in 2017. Lee had 56 receptions for 702 yards and just three touchdowns in the role.

If Lee is the top receiver again next season, the team has a major concern. Lee has had issues with drops, and is essentially a number three wideout. At even just the guaranteed money of $18 million, the Jaguars could have placed the franchise tag on Robinson in 2018 for less.

Jacksonville was going to draft at least one receiver in April’s draft regardless of what happened in free agency. But with how the position has unfolded, and with the Jaguars making a splash in signing guard Andrew Howell, wideout is becoming one of the most pressing needs on the team for next season, if no other additions are made.