Jaguars inform WR Allen Robinson he won’t be franchise tagged
That dreaded franchise tag. It represents an extremely rich yet unstable situation leading to uncertain futures. Yes, it’s an awful, awful thing in the eyes of stud players looking to lockdown silly money.
On Tuesday, one player avoided this dreaded place of pro football as the Jacksonville Jaguars have informed wide receiver Allen Robinson that he won’t be franchise tagged, according to John Oehser of the Jags official website.
Tuesday is the deadline to tag players which means the franchise took all the time necessary for making this critical decision. Oehser previously labeled it “unlikely” that they would hand down a last-minute tag on one of Blake Bortles’ favorite target.
Later on Tuesday morning, the team made the decision official, per the team’s official Twitter account.
We are not expected to utilize franchise or transition tag on WR Allen Robinson ahead of 4 p.m. deadline.
We have exclusive negotiating rights with Robinson until March 12 at 4 p.mhttps://t.co/lGW5NWSX8v
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) March 6, 2018
Robinson, 24, is a Detroit, Michigan native selected by the Jags in the second round of the 2014 draft. After a solid rookie campaign that saw him come on during the second half, he put forth a stellar Pro Bowl campaign in 2015 while hauling in 80 balls for 1,400 yards including 14 touchdowns.
In 2016, production slipped. Robinson could only manage 73 snags for 883 yards and six scores. A year ago, he missed all but one game due to a torn ACL in his left knee.
As of this moment, Robinson may be the most polished weapon on the free agent market and should be looking at a nice payday for whichever team takes a chance on a weapon coming back from an ACL.
Allen Robinson and his camp can legally begin speaking to teams on March 12. NFL free agency officially opens up two days later, March 14, 2018, at 4 p.m. ET.