What will the Jacksonville Jaguars do with left tackle Cam Robinson?
The Jaguars decided earlier this year that the best course of action was applying the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson. Both parties have until July 15 to negotiate a multi-year extension. If they can’t strike an agreement, the Alabama product will play this upcoming season on a one-year deal and will become a free agent in 2022.
The Jaguars’ 2017 second-round pick will be making $13.75 million under the tag in 2021, which isn’t prohibitive when you take into account that San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams inked a monster $138 million deal earlier this year. The seven-time Pro Bowler may not see all the money he’s supposed to make but he’s still getting paid significantly more than Robinson.
The team’s brass hopes this is the year their franchise tackle finally puts it together. They even retained offensive line coach George Warhop to help him finally find consistency. Warhop recently spoke to the media said Robinson has made strides but he still has room for improvement, especially in pass-blocking situations, an area he’s struggled with over his four-year career. Keep in mind that even though it’s not common, players can suddenly have a breakout season after struggling early in their NFL careers.
Last season, Denver Broncos left tackle Garrett Bolles played at an elite level in 2020 after being a liability in his first three NFL seasons. For his efforts, the Broncos rewarded the 2017 first-round pick with a four-year $68 million deal last year. Will the Jags do the same for Robinson if he joins the upper echelon of left tackles in 2021?