Extending Cam Robinson could cost Jags nearly $17 million/year, per Spotrac

The value of a projected extension for Robinson would make him the seventh highest-paid left tackle in football.

Jacksonville’s toughest decision last offseason regarded offensive tackle Cam Robinson, a second-round pick in 2017 whose rookie contract was expiring. The Jaguars kicked the can down the road a year by placing the franchise tag on Robinson, but now the time has come to decide on his future once again.

The team could choose to tag him once again, but that would result in an even bigger one-year deal than the $13.8 million agreement he played under in 2021. With that being said, signing him to a long-term contract would be even pricier.

According to Spotrac, a market-value deal for Robinson would be around a four-year, $67.3 million commitment that would pay the veteran tackle an average of $16.8 million. That would rank seventh among NFL left tackles and give him a contract similar to those of others at the position like Garrett Bolles, D.J. Humphries, and Laremy Tunsil.

With the Jags either losing or opting out of the bidding wars for players like Trent Williams and Orlando Brown last offseason, retaining Robinson on a one-year basis made a good deal of sense, given the other positions the team also needed to prioritize. Robinson was decent in 2021, but it’s a stretch to say his production justifies a contract of this size.

According to Pro Football Focus, he earned a season grade of just 67.3, squarely in the bottom of the average range. That grade ranked just 50th among 84 NFL tackles, and that’s not exactly the type of contract year a staff would like to see from a player they’re about to hand a top-10 contract at the position to.

If Jacksonville decides to move on from Robinson and let him test free agency, it has options. Walker Little, a second-round pick from 2021, started three games this season. Though it’s a small sample size, he registered the third-highest offensive grade on the team at 68.8 (higher than Robinson). The Jags could also shore up the position with the first overall pick by taking a player like Alabama’s Evan Neal or North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu.

Regardless, if the Jaguars decide they want Cam Robinson in Jacksonville in the long run, it won’t be a cheap move for the team.

Urban Meyer praises Jaguars tackles for play against ferocious Denver pass rush

Meyer said both Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor played well against Denver’s talented edge-rushing duo.

There wasn’t much praiseworthy about Jacksonville’s offensive performance on Sunday, but one thing the unit actually did fairly well was protecting quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Broncos’ edge rushing duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb is one of the NFL’s best, and while Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor didn’t do a bad job holding their own Week 1, fans still had concerns about how they would fare Week 2 due to the duo’s penalty issues.

In Week 2, they were much better. Lawrence was only sacked once, by Miller, and he had plenty of time to make throws (though that didn’t necessarily correlate with success).

On Monday, coach Urban Meyer said he was pleased with the play of the offensive line, particularly with Robinson and Taylor.

“Our offensive line was very much a positive,” he said. “They kept a nice, solid pocket for him [QB Trevor Lawrence] for the most part. Obviously, against two elite pass rushers, Jawaan Taylor really hung in there. I know we chipped a little bit and helped him, but for the most part, he hung in there. They had one sack and it was on a twist. But straight pass rush, we hung in there really well.

“I was really proud of the offensive line. They put us in position to win the game if we didn’t have a couple other areas where – in the first half, we left two of the touchdowns right there on the field and it’s a whole different ball game if you don’t do that.”

Though Chubb missed a large portion of the game when he exited with an injury, the tackles still held their own against the pass rush for most of the contest.

As fans are aware, both players need big years to solidify their roles moving forward. Robinson was franchise tagged last offseason, and he’s currently making his case for a long-term contract. Taylor, meanwhile, is under contract through 2022, but his play has been inconsistent, and Jacksonville drafted another tackle in the second round this year in Walker Little.

But Robinson and Taylor have been solid through two games, and while it hasn’t correlated with offensive success, it’s definitely a positive sign moving forward.

B/R predicts Cam Robinson will be Jacksonville’s biggest bust in 2021

Brent Sobleski thinks the Jaguars overpaid for Robinson, who is due $13.8 million from the franchise tag.

Jacksonville had a big decision to make at the left tackle position this offseason. With starter Cam Robinson’s rookie contract expiring and because of his inconsistent play (as well as injury issues), many fans hoped for an upgrade at left tackle during free agency.

But no move materialized, and with first overall pick Trevor Lawrence’s blindside in need of protection, the Jaguars decided to bring back Robinson on the franchise tag. He’s due $13.8 million this season, and unless he plays at a very high level, it could be his final season in Jacksonville.

Though he’s set to be the biggest cap hit on the team this season, expectations aren’t exactly high for him. He was tagged mostly out of necessity, and it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski lists him as the most likely bust for the Jags in 2021.

Certain expectations are placed on those who receive the franchise tag from their respective teams.

Cam Robinson’s situation is quite different. The Jacksonville Jaguars decided to pay their left tackle $13.8 million this season because they didn’t see the value in anyone else on the market.

Basically, the organization looked at the free-agent pool and decided it couldn’t get anyone better than its current serviceable left tackle.

The rationale is terrible. Sure, Robinson is only 25 years old. But he hasn’t been particularly good during his career. The organization could have spent far less on a comparable talent like Russell Okung, Alejandro Villanueva or Charles Leno Jr. The draft was still an option at the time as well.

Instead, the Jaguars decided to overpay a marginal performer. Robinson will be forced to improve his level of play or be continually chastised.

Jacksonville may have overpaid for Robinson, but it’s no guarantee that any of the aging options Sobleski listed would have been better. Still, it’s hard to imagine that even a solid season from Robinson would justify the tag amount he’ll be playing under.

The Jaguars need him to play at a high level to aid in the development of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but the tackle spots remain the weakest points on an overall above-average offensive line.

Jaguars not expected to reach extension with OT Cam Robinson

As expected, Cam Robinson is set to play on the Jags’ one-year franchise tag worth over $13.7 million as a long-term deal isn’t likely.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and offensive lineman Cam Robinson, who was franchise tagged by the team, are not expected to reach a long-term extension.

The deadline for NFL teams and players who were tagged is on Thursday. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Robinson was added to the growing list of players who are expected to play the 2021 season on the tag:

This news comes after the Jags invested the No. 45 overall pick into Stanford left tackle Walker Little. However, with Robinson on the franchise tag (valued at $13.7 million), it appears Little could be viewed as the starter after 2021 unless he temporarily switches positions.

 

Little was one of the players who Jags offensive line coach, George Warhop, praised for his preparation during organized team activities and minicamp. Even if that translates to a solid performance in camp, though, it’s hard to envision Robinson not being Trevor Lawrence’s blindside protector during his rookie campaign.

Robinson will enter camp with 47 starts to his name since being drafted by the Jags in 2017. He’s become more known for his run blocking abilities over his pass blocking skills, but that fits well with what Urban Meyer could want in 2021 as running backs James Robinson and Travis Etienne could be a nice rushing tandem.

Cam Robinson named an honorable mention on ESPN’s top OTs list

Robinson may be on the hot seat entering 2021, but he still earned a mention from an NFL insider as one of the top tackles.

Jacksonville offensive tackle Cam Robinson enters a decisive fifth season in 2021. With injury problems and inconsistent play throughout his first four seasons, the Jaguars elected not to extend him this offseason, and though he’ll be playing under a pricey franchise tag this fall, his future on the team beyond that is unclear.

The Jags will hope to see Robinson have a career resurgence in 2021 as he’ll be tasked with protecting the blind side of new franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence while he adjusts to the speed of the game.

Robinson has shown flashes at times, but not enough to appear on the list of the top 10 offensive linemen from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, which is based on the opinions of players, coaches and executives around the league. However, Robinson did garner an honorable mention, with one anonymous NFL insider saying that he’s “very talented but undisciplined.”

This shouldn’t be a grand revelation for Jaguars fans, who have had a front-row seat to Robinson’s struggles over the last four years. Considered a potential first-round prospect coming out of college, he slipped to the Jags in the second round back in 2017.

His play as a rookie contributed to the team’s success that season, which resulted in the first AFC Championship appearance for the franchise in 18 years. But even that year, he was held back by injuries and his play hasn’t reached a high level since.

Now, he has what will likely be his last chance to secure a long-term deal in Jacksonville.

Who is the Jaguars’ most overrated player?

According to Pro Football Network, Cam Robinson is Jacksonville’s most overrated player.

Considering the Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a 1-15 season that resulted in the No. 1 overall pick, there aren’t many players on the team that could be called “overrated.” But even on struggling teams, there are players that don’t live up to expectations, or in this case, their contract.

According to Pro Football Network, offensive tackle Cam Robinson is Jacksonville’s most overrated player.

You can put either of the Jacksonville offensive tackles here. Although I believe Travis Etienne is a stellar athlete, the Jaguars could have used an upgrade at OT instead of an RB. In each of the last two years, Robinson has allowed 11 sacks, with his 2020 total being behind only teammate Jawaan Taylor. Moreover, Robinson accumulated 30+ blown blocks and committed 5+ penalties every season outside of 2018 when he played just two games.

While neither Robinson nor Taylor has been dominant, Taylor has been the more promising player to this point. Further, he’s still on his rookie deal, while Robinson was given a hefty payday with the franchise tag this offseason.

Injuries have been an issue for him throughout his first four seasons, and even when he’s stayed healthy, he’s been inconsistent on the field. Many thought Jacksonville would try to upgrade the tackle spot this offseason and move on from Robinson.

After options like Trent Williams and Orlando Brown fell through, the only remaining option was the draft. But the 2021 tackle class wasn’t ideal, and though the team drafted potential future starter in Walker Little, he’s considered a project player who won’t contribute much as a rookie.

Robinson’s future on the Jags is murky beyond this season and barring a breakout year, the team is almost certain to let him walk. But in the meantime, he’ll be tasked with protecting Trevor Lawrence’s blindside, and Jacksonville will expect him to hold his own, overrated or not.

What could a potential Cam Robinson extension look like?

If the Jaguars decided to sign Robinson to an extension, what could that deal look like?

It came as a bit of a surprise when Jacksonville decided to place the franchise tag on fifth-year offensive tackle Cam Robinson. Though he’s far from a bad starter, injuries have limited him throughout his career, and his play when healthy didn’t exactly justify the $13.8 million the Jaguars are on the hook for paying him in 2021.

Still, finding a starting-caliber tackle is one of the most difficult tasks in football, and with a rookie quarterback in Trevor Lawrence to protect, the Jags didn’t have much of a choice other than to keep Robinson around for at least one more season. He’s likely not part of the team’s plans beyond this season, with either 2021 second-round pick Walker Little or someone else expected to take over in 2022.

But if Robinson can stay healthy and take a step forward this season, those plans could change. If the Jaguars decided to sign him to an extension, what could that deal look like? Spotrac estimates Robinson’s market value as being $11.3 million per year, a salary that would rank just 19th among left tackles in the league. It also predicts that an extension for Robinson would be for four years.

Spotrac arrived at this number by making statistical and contractual comparisons, and the players deemed most comparable to Robinson are Taylor Lewan, Taylor Decker, Dion Dawkins, and Donovan Smith. All of those players except Smith signed extensions of at least four years.

This would be a more affordable deal for the Jags than what they’re giving him this year, but it would still be the team’s third-most expensive deal overall. Unless Robinson’s play improves significantly, the Jags will probably look to go in a different direction. And if he does make a considerable improvement, any extension would likely need to be more in line with what the league’s top tackles are making. Because of that, it seems like this deal wouldn’t ever come to fruition.

Pair of offensive linemen are Jaguars’ 2021 X-factors

The play of Jacksonville’s two offensive tackles, Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor, will be crucial in the development of Trevor Lawrence.

Jacksonville did a lot this offseason to bolster both the offense and the defense, but the most momentous move was the decision to draft quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick. For the first time in decades, the Jaguars have a franchise quarterback, but his play as a rookie will be largely determined by other variables around him, most notably the play of the offensive line.

The Jaguars have one of the league’s more experienced units, and it allowed for rookie running back James Robinson to finish fifth in rushing in 2020. Now with another playmaker in the backfield in first-round pick Travis Etienne, the play of the offensive line will be key this season, both in establishing the run and protecting Lawrence.

According to Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon, the Jags have two “X-factors” in 2021, and they both play along the offensive line. While the interior of the Jags’ line is solid, there are a bit more questions at the tackle spots. The team chose to franchise tag Cam Robinson this offseason, and his play hasn’t quite lived up to his payday this year. But the team was desperate to make sure it had a starting-caliber player along the blindside, and Robinson fits that bill.

On the other side is Jawaan Taylor, who was the Jags’ second-round pick in 2019 and has great potential. The former second-round pick is listed as an X-factor, alongside Robinson.

We’re cheating here and giving you two relatively young second-round picks who will start at the same critical position and be charged with making sure Trevor Lawrence’s rookie season is less dangerous than Joe Burrow’s was with the Bengals in 2020.

PFF ranked the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive line in the bottom 12 last year, and much of that had to do with the fact that offensive tackles Cam Robinson, 25, and Jawaan Taylor, 23, didn’t get the job done.

But the Jags are rolling with the status quo for Lawrence. They somewhat surprisingly hit Robinson with the franchise tag, and they seem to be hoping Taylor can break out in his third season. They did draft offensive tackle Walker Little in Round 2, but he’s got a small college sample and a large injury history, so they’re putting most of their eggs in baskets belonging to Robinson and Taylor.

If both can put it together in Urban Meyer’s offense, Lawrence will have a good chance of meeting expectations as a rookie No. 1 overall pick. If not, he could be running for his life for much of 2021.

Though Jacksonville certainly could have upgraded at tackle this offseason with players like Trent Williams and Orlando Brown, none of those options worked out or came at a reasonable cost by the Jags’ standards. In Robinson, the team at least secures a guy who is capable of getting the job done. Taylor has much more of a future on the team, but he needs to take a step up this season.

Expectations are high for Lawrence as a rookie, even though he’s inheriting a team that went 1-15 last year. But if he’s going to meet (or exceed) those expectations, he’ll need some help. And that will start with the players tasked with blocking premier NFL edge rushers in Robinson and Taylor.

Does Cam Robinson have the hottest seat for the Jags?

Cam Robinson has the least job security of any Jacksonville player, according to Bleacher Report.

Many expected Jacksonville to move on from offensive tackle Cam Robinson, whose rookie contract expired after 2020, this offseason. With free agents available like veteran Trent Williams, as well as potential trade options like Orlando Brown, it seemed the Jaguars were primed to head in a different direction.

But none of those options panned out, and the team found itself in a difficult position when it came to protecting the blindside of first-overall pick quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Ultimately, the Jags decided to franchise tag Robinson, guaranteeing that he’ll be on the roster at least through the 2021 season.

But with that being said, his future with the team is far from secure, and there’s a good chance this year will be his final one in Jacksonville. According to Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski, he’s on the hottest seat of any Jaguars player.

Surprisingly, the Jacksonville Jaguars placed the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson. A franchise tag brings expectations. However, Robinson hasn’t played like a top-shelf blindside protector at any point in his career.

“We realized that he has a great future. His ceiling is very high,” head coach Urban Meyer told reporters. “… We feel that the way this free agency is moving, is that left tackle position—as always, but even more now this year, from hearing from the guys who have been in the NFL—this is a tough year for that left tackle position.”

Meyer conceded that the team probably wouldn’t be in a position to upgrade.

Basically, the Jaguars settled and overpaid for a marginal player with significant upside. Unless Robinson seriously outperforms what he’s done earlier in this career, there’s very little chance he’ll live up to this year’s $13.8 million cap hit and get a similar deal next offseason.

It’s hard to argue with Sobleski that Jacksonville overpaid from a pure value perspective, especially given Robinson’s shaky injury history. But at the same time, if it had let Robinson walk in free agency, the team would have almost certainly downgraded at the position.

However, his eventual replacement may already be on the roster. The Jaguars selected Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little with the 45th pick in the second round, a player many considered a first-round talent before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 1 of 2019 and opting out of the 2020 season.

Little likely won’t be ready for significant playing time this year, but it seems as though he was selected to eventually take over for Robinson, potentially next season.

There’s a lot of pressure on Robinson in 2021 to earn his nearly $14 million payday. If he’s going to do that, it will take the best season of his career, by far.

New CBS 2022 mock draft has Jags addressing OL in Round 1

Zion Nelson has been a bit inconsistent over his first two seasons at Miami, but the junior seems poised for a breakout year in 2021.

Though many expected the Jacksonville Jaguars to make a splashy addition at offensive tackle this offseason, nothing of the sort ever materialized. Instead, the team franchise tagged Cam Robinson and drafted Walker Little from Stanford in the second round with the 45th pick, a high-risk/reward player who hasn’t played since suffering a season-ending injury in the first week of the season in 2019.

With Robinson not likely to remain on the roster after the 2021 season (barring a huge year), the Jaguars could enter next offseason with tackle at the top of their list of needs regardless of how the season plays out. That would especially be the case of right tackle Jawaan Taylor struggled, too.

That’s why in this CBS Sports 2022 NFL mock draft, the Jags (who are projected to have another disappointing season next year, netting the fifth pick) target an offensive tackle in Miami’s Zion Nelson.

Zion Nelson is already a really good prospect, and I think the sky is the limit for him. His movement skills and physical profile are top of the line.

Nelson is expected to have a big junior year for Miami. A three-star recruit and just the No. 114 offensive tackle in the country coming out of high school in Sumter, South Carolina, Nelson’s only FBS offers before Miami got in the mix were Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Western Kentucky and Appalachian State (where he was originally committed). He came out of nowhere to win the Hurricanes’ starting left tackle job before his true freshman season in 2019.

He started every game for Miami that season, and as a true sophomore in 2020, he appeared in 10 games and started seven (including the final six). At 6-foot-5, 316 pounds, Nelson has fairly ideal size to play the position in the NFL. But he’s had to overcome his share of struggles, as well.

According to Pro Football Focus, Nelson allowed 12 sacks as a true freshman (the most in the country). But over the last six games of the 2020 season — after he had fought to earn his starting job back — he allowed just five pressures and two sacks. His play during that span earned him the 12th-highest pass-blocking grade from PFF among Power Five left tackles.

This mock draft has him as the first offensive lineman off the board, but he’ll need to continue to improve to solidify his case. He has a good number of believers, though, as ESPN’s Todd McShay also projected that Nelson would be the fifth pick in the 2022 draft.

His run-blocking still has a bit of a way to go, but much of that can be attributed to being undersized for a tackle in the past, especially as a freshman. Now up to 316 pounds, he should improve upon his below-average to average run-blocking grades from the last two seasons. If he can, someone will likely pull the trigger on him early in the first round of next year’s draft.