Less than 48 hours away from the 2022 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars gave left tackle Cam Robinson a three-year deal worth $54 million, ensuring that he will remain with them beyond 2022. Ian Rapoport
and the team should make it official soon.
A second-round pick in the 2017 draft, Robinson got the franchise tag for the second year in a row but the Jaguars stated several times that they wanted to give him a long-term deal, so it’s not particularly surprising that they got it done. While the Alabama product struggled early in his NFL career, he’s made strides and showed meaningful progress in 2021, giving up just one sack and posting a Pro Football Focus pass-blocking of 76.6.
Here are three thoughts about Robinson’s new contract.
Jaguars LT Cam Robinson’s deal isn’t cost-prohibitive.
You could argue that Robinson’s $18 million per year average isn’t on par with his performance but the truth is that players are worth what a team is willing to pay them. Unless the left tackle were in a position to get a better deal, he wasn’t going to take less money.
Only three left tackles (Trent Williams, David Bakhtiari Laremy Tunsil) have a higher yearly salary and Robinson’s average is the same as Kolton Miller’s. Under the tag, Robinson was set to make $16.7 million but it’s highly likely that the front office will structure it in a way in which the cap hit this year will be lower. This will give in turn give the Jags some cap flexibility.