Jaguars WR Allen Robinson has yet to start contract talks with Jaguars
At the top of the list for the Jacksonville Jaguars heading into the offseason is getting a new deal worked out with star wide receiver Allen Robinson, who is in line to hit the free agent market for the first time in his career. There is significant interest from the organization to get something in place.
In fact, there is a strong belief that the Jaguars will use the franchise tag to at least have him under contract for the 2018 campaign. However, Mike Kaye of First Coast News is reporting that Robinson says the team has yet to approach him to discuss anything concerning a new contract.
During my conversation with #Jaguars WR Allen Robinson, we discussed his impending free agency. He told me the two sides haven't had contract negotiations since last year's training camp.
Keep in mind, it's still early in the offseason and those negotiations still could happen.
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) February 22, 2018
What should be taken into account is that it has been just a couple of days since the league has allowed teams to use the franchise tag and that window stretches on through March 6. There is still a lot of time for the Jaguars to place that designation on the 24-year-old well before the start of free agency.
Jacksonville may be no rush to work out a new deal given all the time that they still have to use the franchise tag on Robinson. The team holds control of the situation for the time being at least through next season, which has allowed them to work at their own pace.
At the same time, Robinson’s response gives off the notion that he wants to remain with the Jaguars. The team is coming off their first trip to the AFC Championship game since the 1999 season, and have plenty of young talent to build around for a promising future.
Robinson can be a key part of that as he has already proven to be one of the better young wideouts in the league despite suffering a torn ACL in the season opener in 2017. This alone already speaks volumes of him deserving a lucrative deal from the Jaguars or possibly another team. Ultimately, this situation should receive much clarity prior to March 6.