Jaguars: Allen Robinson should be top-priority, free-agent target in 2022

Allen Robinson #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2015. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Allen Robinson #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2015. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars should feel good about themselves after beating the Bills 9-6 in Week 9. All the work they have put in over the last few months has paid off and showed they are headed in the right direction under head coach Urban Meyer. However, the Jags are still in the early stages of what could be a lengthy rebuild and will need to keep adding pieces next offseason. In particular, they need to bolster their wide receiver corps. Thus, they should consider bringing back a familiar face in wide receiver Allen Robinson, who is set to become a free agent after this season.

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report recently drew up a list of players that need a change of scenery in 2022 and Robinson’s name popped up. Coincidentally, Knox thinks that returning to Jacksonville would make sense. He points out that the 2014 second-round pick has thrived in his career even though he’s had less-than-stellar quarterback talent throwing the ball at him.

Knox notes that Robinson is at his best when he’s the primary target in the passing game and thinks that with Darnell Mooney becoming the number one receiver for the Chicago Bears, he may be better off changing uniforms next offseason. So why was Jacksonville named as a potential destination for the 2015 Pro Bowl nod?

"A return to Jacksonville could make a lot of sense if Robinson wants to be a No. 1 receiver again. He’d be playing with a young quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, but he could be the face of a receiving corps currently headlined by 31-year-old Marvin Jones Jr., who leads the team with 33 receptions for 378 yards."

Arranging a reunion with Allen Robinson makes sense for the Jaguars.

The Jaguars led the league in cap space in 2021 and they will once again have a vast amount to make impact moves next year. They are set to have $66.68 million in cap room, per Over the Cap, and other than maybe wide receiver DJ Chark, they won’t likely have many tough decisions to make and hefty contracts to hand out. That’s why bringing back Robinson would be feasible.

Chark suffered an ankle fracture in Week 4 of the 2021 season and it’s uncertain if he’s part of the Jaguars’ long-term future. But even if the front office decides to bring him back, they could also sign Robinson in free agency. They have the resources to make it happen and their wide receiver corps would improve significantly.

You could argue that Robinson left on bad terms back in 2018 but the truth is that he was coming off a torn ACL. Ultimately, the Bears took a flyer on him and he proved he was still the playmaker he was in Jacksonville. Also, there’s new management in place, so both the Jags and Robinson would benefit from a reunion.

The Jaguars have taken several steps in the right direction but they can’t stop now if they want to become a perennial playoff time. Signing Robinson would improve their chances of doing so.

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