In a surprising move, the Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly informed receiver Allen Robinson on Tuesday that they will not play the franchise tag on him, meaning he will be a free agent on March 14.
The #Jaguars have informed WR Allen Robinson that they won’t be applying the franchise or transition tag, I’m told. The team has until March 12 to work out a deal before he’s a free agent.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2018
On paper, Allen Robinson makes a ton of sense for the Eagles.
Assuming they move on from veteran Torrey Smith to save $5 million in cap space, they are going to need a new outside receiver opposite of Alshon Jeffery. Although the team is high on Mack Hollins, he is entering just his second season and is unproven at this point.
Robinson, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, pulled in a combined 20 touchdowns and 2,223 yards during the 2015 and 2016 season, rocketing up the list of the best receivers in the NFL.
Last season, however, Robinson caught just one pass for 17 yards before going down with a torn ACL.
How much the injury will hurt Robinson’s value on the market remains to be seen, but Spotrac projects he will get a deal worth an average of $13.6 million per season for a total of five-years, $68 million.
After trading for Michael Bennett the Eagles are in a very tight cap situation. They’re currently around $9.5 million over the cap, and freeing up the room to sign Robinson will be very tough.
To get under the salary cap, and to free up space to address needs on the team, the Eagles are going to need to release some players from the roster like Vinny Curry DE ($5 million saved), Brent Celek TE ($4 million), Jason Peters OT ($4.3 million), Torrey Smith…
It is possible that Robinson doesn’t like what he sees on the open market and decides to take a one-year, prove-it deal. If he does, the Eagles will likely be on his short list of destinations, considering he just saw Jeffery cash in on a one-year bet with the Eagles.