Report: Jaguars expected to use franchise tag on Allen Robinson

The Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly don’t want to lose wide receiver Allen Robinson and will use the franchise tag to secure his services if no deal is reached, per ESPN’s Mike DiRocco.

“They cannot let Robinson walk because he’s the team’s best downfield playmaker,” DiRocco wrote. “Finding a replacement would be tough; it’s not exactly a banner free-agent class.”

Ideally, per DiRocco, the two sides would come to an agreement on a one-year deal that’s loaded with incentives. The reason for this is that Robinson missed almost the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL and wasn’t at his best the year before.

Though the franchise tag will run around $16 million, locking Robinson up for a year might very well be the best move for Jacksonville. He’s already being mentioned as a hot target in free agency, with cap-rich teams like the San Francisco 49ers at the forefront of that conversation.

When healthy, Robinson has shown the ability to be highly productive. In his second season as a pro in 2015, he hauled in 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.