Jaguars Place Franchise Tag on Former Alabama OL
Cam Robinson is not leaving Jacksonville anytime soon. The Jaguars placed a franchise tag on the former Crimson Tide standout. As the Jaguars are expected to pick Trevor Lawrence as the number one overall pick, the offensive tackle will play a big part in protecting the quarterback.
In a statement on USA Today, new head coach Urban Meyer explained the franchise's decision. "We feel that the way this free agency is moving is that the left tackle position, as always but even more now this year from hearing from the guys who have been in the NFL, this a tough year for that left tackle position. We feel like with what’s just out there and with coaching, culture, and development, Cam [Robinson] has a lot of talent."
Currently, offensive tackles are worth about $14 million annually. If the former Crimson Tide standout signs it, he will become one of the top five highest-paid NFL offensive tackles. Last season, Robinson made $1.422 million dollars and could increase to $14.507 million dollars. Meyer is hopeful that 34th draft pick will sign a new contract this offseason and said that the "intent is for Cam Robinson to play for a while," according to ESPN.
Robinson helped former running back Leonard Fournette rush over 1,000 yards in his rookie year and become the third rookie in the franchise to pass 1,000 yards. In 2018, Robinson suffered a torn ACL and returned to action in week three of the 2019 season. He started 14 games and set a career-high of pass block win rate at 82%, and won the team's Ed Block Courage Award for his inspiration and courage.
In the 2020 season, Robinson started all 16 games and finished with a pass block win rate of 79.7% that ranked 59th for tackles in the league. Meyer and his staff feel very strongly about his development and future with the program.