The Jacksonville Jaguars showed how much they value left tackle Cam Robinson when they applied the franchise tag on him for the second straight year. But from the very beginning, they expressed their desire to get a long-term deal done, which they accomplished just one day before the 2022 NFL Draft.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports the Jags and Robinson agreed to a three-year contract worth $54 million. Although the terms of the deal aren’t known yet, it makes Robinson the 14th highest-paid left tackle in the league, according to John Shipley of Jaguar Report, which isn’t outrageous at all. So far, the contract has gotten positive reactions on social media. Casey Ayers isn’t a big fan of Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke but likes Robinson’s new deal.
That’s a famous meme on social media, “the worst person you know made a great point“. Demetrius Harvey of Big Cat Country thinks the contract “shouldn’t shock anyone”, as the Jaguars’ brass made it known that’s what they wanted to do.
Not everyone like the deal though. If it were up to JP Acosta of Football Outsiders, he wouldn’t have given Robinson a new contract, as he believes his performance isn’t on par with the money he’s getting.
The Jaguars are committed to protecting Trevor Lawrence.
As Harvey pointed out, the organization had been wanting to reach a multi-year contract with Cam Robinson for a while. Back at the Jaguars’ pre-draft conference, Trent Baalke told the media that they had had positive talks with the left tackle. The fact that they got a deal done before the draft should rule out the idea of drafting North Carolina State Ikem Ekwonu at No. 1.
With Robinson firmly entrenched at left tackle, the Jaguars would need to plug Ekwonu at left tackle and it would be a highly questionable move to take an interior offensive lineman with the top pick.
Are there better tackles than Robinson in the NFL? Sure, but the Jags are pleased with his performance, especially in 2021 when he allowed just one sack and posted a Pro Football Focus pass-blocking grade of 76.6, a career-best. The team’s brass probably expects the Alabama product to keep trending up this year.
After checking Robinson’s contract off their offseason list, the Jaguars can now fully turn their attention to coming out of the 2022 draft with a handful of playmakers.