The Jaguars have agreed in principle to a contract extension with starting left tackle Cam Robinson, per Ian Rapoport.
The Jaguars placed the franchise tag on Robinson for the second consecutive offseason. Robinson signed his franchise tender two weeks ago on April 13th. But general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Doug Pederson remained steadfast in their desire to sign Robinson to a long-term deal. The new contract is for three years and $54 million total.
"We're continuing to work and have had some great discussions with Cam and his agent, so I think that's moving in the right direction," Baalke shared at the Jaguars' pre-Draft press conference. "We're going to continue to move down that road and see what we can get done."
The Jaguars drafted Robinson, 26, in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He immediately stepped into the starting lineup as their left tackle, where he has remained for the last half-decade. A 2018 torn ACL slowed Robinson's development early, but he's developed over the last several years and played the best football of his career down the stretch in 2021. Robinson has started in all 61 games he's appeared in for the Jaguars.
My take: With Cam Robinson now locked in as the Jaguars' starting left tackle of the present and the future, the odds of a pass rusher with the first overall pick increase. While Robinson is far from elite, he's a worthy starter in the NFL. Now the seventh-highest paid tackle in football; the Jaguars are indeed baking on an upward trajectory for Robinson. The move should significantly reduce Cam Robinson's 2022 cap number, giving the Jaguars some added flexibility. This was a safe move with a reasonably high-floor for the Jags.
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