The Jacksonville Jaguars have known for a while that left tackle Cam Robinson is set to serve a suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. What the Jags didn't know was know how lengthy the suspension was going to be but Adam Schefter of ESPN just reported that it will be for four games.
A second-round pick in 2017, Robinson has made 75 starts for the Jaguars. After his rookie deal expired, the Alabama product got the franchise tag in 2021 and signed a three-year deal worth $54 million with $33 million guaranteed last offseason. However, the suspension will wipe whatever guarantees remain in 2023 and 2024.
During Robinson's absence, 2021 second-round pick Walker Little will line up at left tackle and if he fares well, there's a strong chance he won't give up the job. You could argue that the Jags could move Little to the right side once Robinson returns from the suspension but that's why they drafted Anton Harrison 27th overall.
Harrison is slated to start at right tackle even though he mostly played on the left side at Oklahoma. That's probably a sign the team's brass believes Little will succeed. Also, trading Robinson before this year's deadline would free up $8.56 million in cap space with $9.4 million in dead cap. They could also use the post-June 1 designation and split the hit this year and 2024.
Either way, the demand for left tackle exceeds the supply and there are several clubs that could use help at the position after the draft. Given that Robinson is set to make $16.25 million next year and the suspension voided his guarantees, teams might be inclined to give the Jaguars a call to inquire about his availability, including the next three.