The Jaguars declined to use the franchise tag on Robinson, which would have cost the team almost $16 million.
However, not using the franchise tag on Robinson does give a glimpse into how Jacksonville's upper management views the receiver.
They either have reservations about how Robinson will perform in 2018 in his first season back from the torn ACL or they don't believe he's an elite receiver. That would be grossly overpaying for a player who had one really good season and has dealt with foot and knee injuries since entering the league in 2014. At the moment, the third-highest paid receiver is Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys, who has an annual salary of $16.5 million.
Now, at 24 years of age, Robinson is in a very rare position for a star player in today's NFL.
Robinson has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in 43 games. He played in one game in 2017, which was Jacksonville's season opener against the Houston Texans, and had just one catch for 17 yards before tearing his ACL. After all, they have just about a week.
- 4. Taylor Gabriel (Falcons): This 5-foot-8 speedster played in Kyle Shanahan's offense with the Browns (2014) and Falcons (2016). He is the one receiver on the roster for which defenses had to account. And, they were able to win without him.
The decision not to tag Robinson means the Jaguars could lose their top playmaker from 2015-16.
The Bears head into free agency with no clear starting receivers.
Will that discussion end in the Eagles making a serious run at Robinson? But bringing Robinson back sure seems like something to look into.