Jaguars reportedly have interest in Sammy Watkins
Following the Jacksonville Jaguars’ decision to not place the franchise tag on former Pro Bowl wide receiver Allen Robinson, it has opened the door to the possibility that he could leave via NFL free agency. The team has continued to express interest in retaining the star wideout, but there appears to be a huge market around the league for his services.
The Jaguars are now having to move toward considering other possible options on the open market to replace Robinson next season if does sign elsewhere. According to Mike Kaye of First Coast News, the front office has shown to have some level of interest in landing former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
The #Jaguars have shown interest in WR Sammy Watkins, per league source.
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) March 12, 2018
The 24-year-old is coming off his first season with the Rams where he experienced a drop in production recording 39 catches for 593 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He did demonstrate the ability to make game-changing plays in the passing game with his speed. What should also be taken into consideration that the Rams also had a few other formidable wide receivers last season with the like Robert Woods and rookie Cooper Kupp.
Although these were a notable step down from what he has shown he is capable of doing, Watkins is expected to draw plenty of interest from several teams such as the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and San Francisco 49ers, which could significantly push up the price tag on him.
Jacksonville is currently projected to have a little more than $27 million in salary cap space this offseason to use in free agency and the draft. This is plenty of salary cap space for them to be a serious suitor to land Watkins if he has some significant interest in joining the Jaguars. He could step in as the top receiving option in the passing game in a young receiving core.
It is still quite early to tell where Watkins is leaning in his decision-making process, but the Jaguars could become a realistic landing spot.