No. 3 Jaguars potential cap casualty in 2024: Cam Robinson, LT
Signing left tackle Cam Robinson to a long-term deal was one of the biggest moves general manager Trent Baalke made in 2022 Looking back, the decision made sense. Jacksonville wanted to have continuity at the position and ensure that Trevor Lawrence had his blindside protected. On top of that, inking Robinson sent a message to the rest of the team: Perform and you'll be rewarded.
The Alabama product wasn't necessarily a Pro Bowl caliber player but he established himself as a leader of the offensive line. Unfortunately, he suffered a meniscus injury that forced him to miss the last few games of the 2022 season. He was then suspended in the offseason for violations of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
The suspension lasted four games and Robinson returned at the right time. While Walker Little performed admirably in his place, he was moved to left guard and Robinson got his old spot back. Now, Robinson is set to remain at left tackle for the remainder of the year. However, his status beyond the 2023 season is not clear.
If the Jaguars' offensive line hadn't struggled so much before Robinson's return, he would've been a trade candidate before this year's deadline. But the team can still shop him in 2024. He's scheduled to count $21.6 million against the cap but releasing him or trading him would create $17.7 million in cap room with a reasonable $3.8 million in dead money.
Given the demand for left tackles in the league, the Jaguars should be able to find a potential trade partner. In the worst-case scenario, they can outright release Robinson and use the savings to give Walker Little a contract extension.