4 Jaguars that most prove in 2021 they deserve another contract
2. Cam Robinson, left tackle, Jacksonville Jaguars
You may have heard plenty of opinions about the Jaguars’ decision to apply the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson, and rightfully so. One thing is true, this wasn’t a slam-dunk decision and it comes with both pros and cons. On one hand, the Alabama product has not been consistent throughout his four-year career. While he’s not a bust, he wouldn’t be confused with an All-Pro tackle like Trent Williams, who coincidentally was a free agent this offseason.
It’s not as if Robinson was the Jags’ only choice. They could have signed Williams (even if they had to pay retail) or traded for Orlando Brown Jr. The team also had the chance to sign a top offensive tackle in the draft but opted to keep the 2017 second-round pick instead.
The tag will is $13.754 million, which is not the kind of money you want to allocate to a below-average player but that’s what Jacksonville did, and you can’t blame them. Even though Robinson hasn’t become the player the team expected when they signed him, they still believe in him.
The fact offensive line George Warhop will continue working with him should work in his favor. Also, the left tackle is three years removed from a torn ACL he suffered, so he should be in the best shape of his NFL career. Some players need time to find their footing in the pros and this may be Robinson’s case. 2021 could be the year he breaks out. He will now have to prove he’s the Jags’ long-term answer at left tackle. If he is, the team will have no trouble giving him an extension.